It's easy to look at Le Pergole Torte as the more powerful site expression compared to Montevertine's Rosso and Pian del Ciampolo, but I think that misses the point. Sergio Manetti believed in the greatness of Sangiovese from this hillside, and Le Pergole Torte always shows its class in this stable through its level of precision and delineation.

The 18-hectare estate rests high at 425 meters in Radda, one of the coolest zones in Chianti Classico, and Le Pergole Torte is sourced from the estate's oldest vines and highest elevation plantings. These wines from limestone soils coupled with unique climate have a sense of transparency and grace that stands out immediately. The deft use of French barrique (15% new oak at most) is impressive, adding concentration and texture while still harnessing the pure, lithe qualities inherent in this site.

There is much confusion about the origin of the name Le Pergole Torte. When Sergio bought the property, his neighbor named Bruno had just planted three rows of vines trained in the old pergola fashion. The wine he produced was so mesmerizing that it became the impetus for Sergio to plant two hectares at this property in 1967. The first vintage (1971) received such a glowing response that Sergio began focusing on winemaking exclusively.

Due to Chianti Classico laws, which required the addition of Trebbiano in the blend, Manetti chose to leave the consortium in 1981. This was a radical move, and even though the law changed in 1995 to allow 100% Sangiovese in Chianti Classico, today, they still opt for IGT status. The estate has gained a loyal following at home and abroad. Sergio's son, Martino, played an active role starting in 1989, and Martino took over upon his father's passing in 2000.

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