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Category: Tuscany

Sono Montenidoli

Located on the hill of Montenidoli, the “mountain of little nests”, just across a small valley from the town of San Gimignano. The estate was founded in 1965 by Elisabetta Fagiuoli and her husband Sergio, with vineyards planted amidst the hill’s forests, the branches of which are filled with swallow and jaybird nests.

Of the 900 acres that the couple own, only about 50 of them are under cultivation, with the rest preserved as a de facto nature reserve. At the time they purchased the property, there were already vines in place, most of which were planted in the 19th Century and all of which were overgrown. After expanding the original vineyards (and replanting the majority), the vines are now all over 50 years old. These unique vineyards are planted to Tuscany’s classic Quaternary calcaire terroir and the incredibly rare red Triassic sandstone and limestone (which is more often found in France and Germany).

Organic from the beginning, the vineyards (as well as the estate’s olives and other farmland) have never seen chemical intervention beyond the sparing and rare use of the basic sulfur and copper compounds.
Working from the start as viticulturalist and winemaker, Elisabetta has built the estate’s reputation over the years, producing singular whites from Vernaccia, Trebbiano Gentile, and Malvasia; and reds from Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Colorino.

Wines:

Sono Montenidoli “Tradizionale” Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Sono Montenidoli “Fiore” Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Sono Montenidoli “Il Templare” Toscana Bianco

Sono Montenidoli “Il Garrulo” Chianti Colli Senesi

Sono Montenidoli “Sono Montenidoli” Toscana Rosso

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Ampeleia

Elisabetta Foradori founded Ampeleia in 2002 with her friends Giovanni Podini and Thomas Widmann. Set mostly in the highlands of Maremma, the estate encompasses 35 hectares of vineyards, with each site varying in altitude, terroir, and microclimate. The land is farmed organically and biodynamically, and the winemaking is natural and non-interventionist. The focus is mainly on Cabernet Franc and Alicante Nero (the Tuscan name for Grenache), with smaller plantings of Carignan, Sangiovese, Mourvèdre, Trebbiano, Inzolia, and others.

Wines:

Ampeleia “Unlitro”
Ampeleia “Kepos” Costa Toscana
Ampeleia Alicante Costa Toscana
Ampeleia “Ampeleia” Costa Toscana
Ampeleia Cabernet Franc

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Montevertine

Montevertine is situated in the heart of the Chianti district about halfway between Florence and Siena, specifically 3 kilometers or so south of Radda in Chianti. Documents attest to the fact that the hilltop hamlet of Montevertine was first inhabited in the 11th century as a rural defensive fortress. There are traces of the original construction on the site today. Sergio Manetti acquired Montevertine in 1967 as a vacation home for his family. Once there, Manetti planted two hectares of vineyards and built a small cantina with the idea of producing some wine for family and friends. The first vintage produced and bottled under the supervision of Manetti was 1971 and was received with great praise for its quality. Shortly thereafter, Manetti devoted himself to producing wine at his magnificent estate. Having recognized the importance of the Sangiovese grape, Manetti crafted his wines with an almost exclusive reliance on that grape variety. By 1981, due to Manetti’s refusal to incorporate Trebbiano into the Montevertine blend, Montevertine left the Chianti Classico consorzio, thereby forgoing the Chianti Classico denomination. In time the consorzio recognized the wisdom of Manetti’s stance, but Montevertine remains outside the consorzio, simply labeling its wines “Rosso di Toscana”. Because of these circumstances, Montevertine is frequently, but erroneously, included in the category of “super-Tuscan” wine. In fact, Montevertine’s policy of strict reliance on Sangiovese with a small complement of Colorino and Canaiolo is in direct contradiction to the approach of the “super-Tuscan” group of wines which purposely include non-local grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot in their blends.

Despite the formal lack of the appellation, Montevertine is one of the rare examples of a true Chianti Classico. The Montevertine estate is now in the hands of Martino Manetti, son of Sergio, who remains dedicated to the style and philosophy of his father. Martino continues to utilize the wise counsel of Bruno Bini, who was born at Montevertine and whose depth of knowledge of the climate and soil of this unique and formidable estate is unparalleled. The estate sits at an elevation of 425 meters. There are 18 hectares of vineyards at Montevertine, 90% of which are planted to the Sangiovese grape with the remaining vineyards dedicated to Colorino and Canaiolo. The vineyards are divided into nine separate parcels with the oldest vines planted in the Pergole Torte vineyard in 1968. After a manual harvest, the wines are fermented in large (150hl) cement cuves for at least 25 days. The wine is pumped over and the cap submerged daily to create optimum conditions for a long and slow extraction. The malolactic fermentation also occurs in large volume cement cuves before it is racked into Slavonian oak barrels that range in size from 5 ½ to 18 hectoliters capacity. The Pergole Torte is ultimately racked into smaller French (Alliers) oak barrels for final six months of its elevage.

These wines are extremely limited. Please inquire:

Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo

Montevertine di Montevertine

Montevertine Le Pergole Torte

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Podere Le Boncie

Giovanna Morganti is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best of the new generation of Tuscan winemakers. Her small estate is a mere three hectares and her only wine is called “Le Trame” (the intrigues) signifying the wheeling and dealing required to purchase the land. Giovanna’s father was a legendary oenologist who believed in Tuscan varietals long before the “flying consultants” identified this area as a profit center. Podere Le Boncie is situated in the hamlet of San Felice which itself is located a handful of minutes north of Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the southern tier of the Chianti Classico zone. Giovanna studied oenology herself and went to work in the mid 1980s for San Felice wines in Castelnuovo Berardenga, near Siena, on a project to plant around 300 traditional Tuscan grape varietals collected from old vineyards. When Giovanna’s father gave her a small farm with olive groves, called Le Boncie, she added a vineyard planted with her favorites from the experimental project – Sangiovese, obviously, but also Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Foglia tonda Mammolo and Prugnolo., The vineyard, planted to a very high density of 7000 vines per hectare and dedicated principally to Sangiovese (supplemented by a few rows of Fogliatonda and the others for blending), produces the definitive wine of the estate: “Le Trame”. Vineyard work is conducted according to the general principles of the biodynamic movement. Harvesting is by hand. Fermentation occurs in traditional open-topped wooden tanks. The elevage is long and tranquil with an occasional racking implemented to aerate the wine. Aging occurs in mid-size barrels; the wine is then left to age in bottle for at least six months prior to release.

Wines:

Podere Le Boncie Chianti Classico “Le Trame”

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Casina di Cornia

Casina di Cornia is a small farm that rests on a rural twenty-four hectares in the rolling hills of Castellina Chianti (Siena) and was restored in 1979 by Antoine Luginbühl and his wife Francine Dufour. Around seven hectares of the estate are planted with the family’s vines, mostly Sangiovese, facing south toward the warming sun of Siena. Here the family a perfect climate with the benefit of complex soil combinations: clay and chalk (marl), slate (schist), and an abundance of stones dating back to the Miocene period. This became the perfect breeding ground for Antoine’s “political” stance to farm organically. He argues that through organic farming he can be free of the industrial production machine, one that maintains low prices while driving quantities ever higher. “This frees us from the money-lovers and keeps nature alive in the world.” His viticultural philosophy and winemaking are simple: Prune early for low yields, keep plenty of cover crop for heat protection and soil health, hand pick, spontaneously ferment, and filter lightly. It is in this way that Antoine can present to the world his land and the vintage as clearly as his political ideology.

Wines:

Casina di Cornia Rosso Toscana 3.0L Box (Certified organic Sangiovese)

Casina di Cornia Chianti Classico

Casina di Cornia Chianti Classico Riserva

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