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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 2009 750ml
Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 2009 750ml
Price: $74.95

Imagine a wine whose classic lines reflect southern Italy's heat while maintaining fresh acidity, precise notes, and a structured body, and you'll get the picture of the cult classic Montevetrano. A Bordeaux-style blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, Montevetrano 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. The warm weather ’09 Montevetrano offers unprecedented approachability combined with great finesse and elegance; it’s a wine that’s just entering its drinking window now.
Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 2005 750ml
Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 2005 750ml
Price: $99.95

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.