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A MONARCH EXCLUSIVE
Fonterenza 'Alberello' Rosso di Montaclino 2016 Tiny quantities made by twin sisters
I love championing the underdog. The "little engine that could" is a story that resonates with me and I love sharing and promoting wines from estates who fly under the radar. These are the wineries that may deliver some of the greatest wines of their appellation, but are often overshadowed by more grandiose properties with greater means of self promotion.
I can't think of a winery that exemplifies this more than Fonterenza. The Sangiovese grown by these twin sisters in the heart of Tuscany's Montalcino are, undoubtedly, some of the greatest expressions of the appellation I have ever tasted.
To some, Montalcino has become the Bordeaux or Napa of Italy. Large, glitzy wineries owned not by locals, but by outside investors looking to capitalize on the wine's popularity. Fonterenza is the opposite: a tiny estate run on passion and connection to one's land that can't be bought. If you love Sangiovese as much as I do, these wines are not to be missed. Our allocation remains tiny year after year, so what better time than the holiday season to take advantage of this rare opportunity?
Today, I'm proud to offer the only bottles of Fonterenza 'Alberello' Rosso di Montalacino 2016 in South Carolina as well as a small amount of the majestic Brunello di Montalcino 2014!
Fonterenza 'Alberello' Rosso di Montalcino 2016 - $53.99*
Special newsletter price - $48.99* *all prices include tax
To order, reply directly to this email or call me at 843.576.4845
Twin sisters Margherita and Francesca Padovani founded Fonterenza close to twenty-five years ago, working the farm that had been in their family since the early 1970s. The winery is compromised of a mere 4 hectares from which four wines are produced. The vineyards are surrounded by forest and olive groves, typical of bucolic Tuscany.
Farming has been organic from the beginning and the sisters, who do everything themselves, now work bio-dynamically. The cellar work is as minimal as possible. Fermentations are with natural yeast in large, Slavonian oak casks. Their use of sulfur is minimal and aging takes place in a mix of oak barrels of varying sizes. They make so little wine, and do so both carefully and beautifully.
Rosso di Montalcino 'Alberello' 2016$48.99
100% Sangiovese from half a hectare. Like the other plots, it is farmed organically and harvested by hand, with low yields leading to greater concentration. The fruit is de-stemmed and fermented with native yeasts in steel tanks. It then ages for a total of 20 months, the majority of that spent in steel tanks followed by a few months in Slavonian oak. Bottled without filtration.
A gorgeous and ethereal nose of red cherry, flowers, leather and spice. On the palate, a refined expression of earth presents itself alongside vibrant acidity and berry tones, finishing with good grip and great length. This is a gorgeous wine that could easily be mistaken for a Brunello.
Brunello di Montalcino 2014$99.99
100% Sangiovese from a very steep, small hillside vineyard surrounded by forest. A pristine site. Farmed biodynamically by hand on clay and schist soils. Vinification and aging of the Brunello is traditional. The fruit is fermented in tank with native yeasts, macerated for 30-40 days and aged for 4 years in large Slavonian oak barrels. Only 5,000 bottles produced.
A dense and dark nose of blackberries, plum, leather and cherry tobacco. The palate is lush and concentrated, yet maintains precision due to great acidity. The 2014 is generous, open and ready to roll. A shop favorite, we wait in anticipation for its' arrival each year.