All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
The younger Sangiovese vines that comprise Pian del Ciampolo and the Montevertine Rosso are supplemented with small portions of the traditional Colorino and Canaiolo. To me, they're the most inspiring examples of Chianti Classico and offer the best value for traditional wines in the region. Bottles of the Rosso have brought thrilling experiences with over 25 years of age - These are wines that speak to a very special place, and tug at the heartstrings like only the best wines of the world can do.
Sergio Manetti originally planted just 2 hectares at this vacation property in 1967. With the unexpected glowing reception of the his first vintage (1971) he began to focus on winemaking exclusively. Manetti believed in the greatness of 100% Sangiovese from this hillside and in 1981 due to the laws of Chianti Classico requiring the addition of Trebbiano to the blend he chose to leave the consortium. This move was rare at the time, hard to believe now as so many of the great wines of Chianti Classico are produced with 100% Sangiovese. (Even though the law was changed in 1995 to allow 100% Sangiovese Chianti Classico many producers opt to maintain their "lower" IGT status).
The estate gained a loyal following at home and abroad, with Sergio's son Martino taking an active role with his father in 1989. In 2000 Martino took full control upon his father's passing. The 18 hectare estate sits at 425 meters in Radda, one of the cooler zones in Chianti Classico. The soil is heavily dominated by limestone and this combo endows the wine with a sense of transparency, vibrancy, and grace that stand out immediately. Tradition is the overwhelming theme here, with an eye always kept towards showing Sangiovese at its most delicate, nuanced, and soil-inflected.