When Montevertine's Sergio Manetti began making wine in the Radda hills of Chianti in the late '60s, he did it with the express purpose of rejecting international influences. He grew only the traditional grapes of Toscana--Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo--the makings of traditional Chianti Classico. Manetti wanted to make a wine that sang deeply, articulately, and beautifully of Toscana; he wanted to make a wine that could come from nowhere else, and he succeeded, first with his Montevertine Rosso, then the mono-varietal Sangiovese bottling Le Pergole Torte and, finally, with Pian del Ciampolo. These wines could come from nowhere else but those Radda hillsides, and they are glorious.
Today, I'm delighted to feature Montevertine's Pian del Ciampolo 2013, a wine that's both Montevertine's calling card and a wine that puts Sangiovese in the company of those two indigenous grapes, Colorino and Canaiolo. These grapes help to make Sangiovese sing, taming its acidity and making it softer, more approachable and more delicious early in its life. You can't drink Le Pergole Torte every day, but you can enjoy Pian del Ciampolo almost any night of the week. It holds all of Montevertine's passion and all of Toscana's beauty in its friendly hands, and it's always an IWM client favorite. The '13 bottling is classic and delicious--a fantastic wine to make the transition from summer grilling to fall's heartier food.
Along with this affordable wine from a legendary estate, I'm very pleased to offer two collector beauties, the 2008 Gaja Costa Russi and the 2012 Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Charmes. These aren't your go-to Wednesdaynight wines; these are special occasion wines that will delight, impress, and linger in your memory for weeks--even years!