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What started out as a hobby for famed photographer Silvia Imparato ended up inciting a revolution. Imperato had little idea that her tiny four-acre estate and her one wine would become a cult sensation, turning the eyes of the wine world to overlooked Campania. Located on the volcanic slopes in Campania, Montevetrano planted its first vines in 1985, made its first bottles of wine for friends in 1991 and, soon after, rose to prominence, finding itself competing with great Campanian estates Feudi di San Gregorio, Mastroberardino, and Vestini Campagnano. Like the other cult wine of Campania, Galardi, Montevetrano produces only one wine, and it is an age-worthy beauty, a darling of wine critics and wine-lovers alike. 

 

A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with Merlot, Montevetrano is a wine that stands up to its hype--and its low price point relative to its lifespan makes it an intensely good value (as well as intensely good). Showing great consistency vintage to vintage, Montevetrano delivers a brooding yet juicy profile marked by concentrated flavors of blueberry and black raspberry, as well as striking purity. Despite its rich character, it’s elegant on the palate, providing beautifully integrated tannin, acidity, and oak, and earning its moniker the “Sassicaia of the South.”

 





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Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 2010 750ml Imparato Montevetrano 2008, 750ml
Price: $69.99
Price: $79.95
Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 2010 750ml Imparato Montevetrano 2008
Over the years, Montevetrano has changed from a 70 percent Cabernet Sauvignon/30 percent Merlot blend to its current blend of 60 Cabernet and 40 Merlot. The 2010 vintage, however, shows yet another incarnation in its blend of 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remainder split between Merlot and Aglianico. The resulting wine is rich and vibrant, offering pure, ripe and juicy fruit that sits on a precisely delineated framework, offering impeccable balance. If you’ve never enjoyed Montevetrano, the 2010 is a fine place to start, and if you’re already a fan, it’s a wine that will wow you anew. The wine that began the cult of Campania, this vintage of Montevetrano shows why it inspires such passion. Elegant, pure, and impassioned, the ’08 holds the fierce, compelling beauty of a young Monica Bellucci—all sinuous lines, tempting curves and disarming intelligence. Chocolate-covered cherries, frutti di bosco, grilled herbs, and a brush of vanilla all meld on the palate and the nose in this sensuous wine. It’s an absolute beauty, a classic, and it’ll only get more exciting as it ages. Cellar for a half-decade and drink for two.
Imparato Montevetrano 2006, 750ml Imparato Montevetrano 2007, 750ml
Price: $84.95
Price: $84.95
Imparato Montevetrano 2006 Imparato Montevetrano 2007
It's a vintage that has been called both "magical" and "challenging," but this intense, powerful '06 is definitely in it for the long haul. Drink the earlier vintages as you cellar this sleeping giant, a wine that needs a few years to wake to its full black fruit-mineral ash-and-Asian-spice potential. Drinking mid-decade and then for at least two decades to come. A Bordeaux-style blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon touched with Merlot and kissed with Aglianico, the ’07 Montevetrano is a bright ruby in the glass, a hue that heralds is sun-warmed berries, cherries, plums and spice. This child of a warm vintage is a silky evocation of the cult classic wine, one of unusual ripeness and suppleness, yet still a wine of breathtaking finesse. A bower of flowers, a glow of ash, a rustle of underbrush, and fine, velvety tannins complete the portrait of this beauty. Cellar for a half decade and drink for at least two decades to come.
Imparato Montevetrano 2005, 750ml Imparato Montevetrano 2003, 750ml
Price: $99.95
Price: $99.95
Imparato Montevetrano 2005 Imparato Montevetrano 2003
The most accessible of the recent vintages of Montevetrano, the '05 almost pulls you by the ears in its desire to have you drink it. Raisiny, rich fruit tumble across the palate, and they're tempered by notes of cypress, pencil lead and a touch of bell pepper. The finish is all ashes and roses, and it's all the more beautiful for it. Drinking well into the next decade. It's a wine that drinks like Bizet's Carmen, building slowly to a great, torrid intensity. This '03 has nothing shy about it. Loads of juicy dark fruit dance on a bed of earthy loam and minerals, cinnamon and star anise, pipe tobacco and warm saddle leather. Yet as operatic as its palate may be, this '03 provides a stunning, velvety mouth-feel, perfect balance and great longevity. Drinking well into the next decade.
Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 2002 Imparato Montevetrano 2000, 750ml
Price: $99.95
Price: $100.00
Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 2002 Imparato Montevetrano 2000, 750ml
A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with Merlot and a touch of the indigenous grape Aglianico, Montevetrano is a wine that has made cognoscenti and critics pay attention to the formerly overlooked southern region. Imagine a wine whose classic lines contain Italy’s southern heat, and you’ll get the picture of the cult classic Montevetrano. This Bordeaux-style blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, touched with Merlot and kissed with Aglianico offers a ruby hue that hints at its sun-warmed fruit, rich spice, rain-spattered flowers and genial glow. Montevetrano has gained a following for consistently crafting wines that are as supple as they are exciting, as elegant as they are vivacious, and as balanced as they are bewitching. It’s a wine that could only come from Campania, and it’ll make a convert out of you.
Imparato Montevetrano 1999, 750ml Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 1998
Price: $100.00
Price: $115.00
Imparato Montevetrano 1999, 750ml Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 1998
Imagine a wine whose classic lines contain Italy’s southern heat, and you’ll get the picture of the cult classic Montevetrano. This Bordeaux-style blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, touched with Merlot and kissed with Aglianico offers a ruby hue that hints at its sun-warmed fruit, rich spice, rain-spattered flowers and genial glow. Montevetrano has gained a following for consistently crafting wines that are as supple as they are exciting, as elegant as they are vivacious, and as balanced as they are bewitching. It’s a wine that could only come from Campania, and it’ll make a convert out of you. Imagine a wine whose classic lines contain Italy’s southern heat, and you’ll get the picture of the cult classic Montevetrano. This Bordeaux-style blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, touched with Merlot and kissed with Aglianico offers a ruby hue that hints at its sun-warmed fruit, rich spice, rain-spattered flowers and genial glow. Montevetrano has gained a following for consistently crafting wines that are as supple as they are exciting, as elegant as they are vivacious, and as balanced as they are bewitching. It’s a wine that could only come from Campania, and it’ll make a convert out of you.
Imparato Montevetrano 2001, 750ml Imparato Montevetrano 2002, 1500ml
Price: $139.95
Price: $225.00
Imparato Montevetrano 2001, 750ml Imparato Montevetrano 2002, 1500ml
Imagine a wine whose classic lines contain Italy’s southern heat, and you’ll get the picture of the cult classic Montevetrano. This Bordeaux-style blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, touched with Merlot and kissed with Aglianico offers a ruby hue that hints at its sun-warmed fruit, rich spice, rain-spattered flowers and genial glow. Montevetrano has gained a following for consistently crafting wines that are as supple as they are exciting, as elegant as they are vivacious, and as balanced as they are bewitching. It’s a wine that could only come from Campania, and it’ll make a convert out of you. Lean yet muscular and graceful, the '02 shows a profile like a toreador; it's bigger and more powerful than it first appears. It is also, surprisingly, sweeter. Grilled blueberry and strawberry mix with meaty, savory notes in this unfettered, almost savage version of this Campanian cult wine. Drinking now, thrillingly.
   
 
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