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Two New Montevertine Releases! Fontodi’s Historic Cru Chianti! And CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva
September 27, 2017
A Note from Sergio

For a long time, people thought that the name Sangiovese derived from the phrase sanguis Jovis, meaning "blood of Jove," but that's probably not accurate. Sangiovese's etymology is murky and weird, and, ultimately a little beside the point. What's important is that Sangiovese is Italy's most beloved red grape, and its rise to prominence took thousands of years. Beginning with its Etruscan infancy through the Middle Ages and into modern times, Sangiovese has spawned many clones, taking the names such as Sangioveto (Chianti), Sangiovese Grosso (Montalcino), Prugnolo (Montepulciano), and Morellino (Maremma), in addition to others. It's featured in Le Marche's Rosso Piceno (where it is usually blended with Montepulciano), Umbria's Torgiano (usually blended with Canaiolo), and Emilia-Romagna's Sangiovese di Romagna. But the place where Sangiovese truly shines is Toscana.

Brunello may be the grape's most chic incarnation, but Sangiovese's heart and soul is in Chianti Classico, where it gleams with purity and age-worthy beauty in elite Super Tuscans like Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte and Fontodi's Flaccianello. My clients know and love Montevertine, the small, cult-inspiring estate that makes ethereal, complex wines from Sangiovese grown in its hilly vineyards in Radda. Sergio Manetti started making wines for fun, but he soon grew obsessed with Sangiovese, and he turned his hobby into his life's work. Martino Manetti carries on where his father left off, crafting tremendously nuanced wines at his tiny estate. Today, I'm very proud to present two new releases from Montevertine, the intense 2014 vintage of its flagship Rosso and the outrageous 2015 vintage of its entry-level Pian di Ciampolo. Both of these wines are under $60 and each sings with the glory of Sangiovese.

A grape with a long, illustrious history deserves a wine that celebrates it. This was the thinking of Giovanni Manetti (no relation to Sergio or Martino) who owns and operates Fontodi. Giovanni had long admired the wines deriving from Lamole, a wedge-shaped region high up in the hills above the Greve Valley in the heart of Chianti Classico. People had been making wine in Lamole for millennia, and Giovanni, whose Fontodi estate crafts among the best, most finessed Chianti Classico expressions, wanted to get his winemaking hands on that Lamole terroir. It took a few years, but Giovanni finally saw his vision become real with the 2014 vintage, and today you can experience the inaugural vintage of Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico!

And, finally, don't miss CVNE's majestic 2007 Imperial Gran Reserva, because life is too short not to love many, many wines!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Debuting Montevertine's 2014 Affordable Classics
2. Only At IWM:
Fontodi's Radiant 2014 Cru Chianti Classico
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Powerful, Precise Collector Rioja from CVNE
4. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito