Keeping an open mind when tasting is something I pride myself on. But honestly, old-world wines made from grapes not native to the region continue to rub me the wrong way! Why throw out such deeply rooted traditions in favor of market fads? This wine proved my pre-conceived notions completely wrong. A Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the heart of Chianti Classico was a revelation!
Each day from December 13th-23rd, I will share one wine that is sure to shine bright this holiday season. CHEERS!
DAY 3: Montesecondo 'Il Rospo'
Many of you may have met the man behind Montesecondo at our Louis/Dressner tasting in October, where his wine proved to be a customer favorite of the evening. Kind and soft spoken, with an articulate and thoughtful delivery, he began his winemaking career in 1990 when he took over his family's estate. Slowly and meticulously converting to organics and eventually biodynamics.
Cabernet has always been planted in his vineyards. The idea of crafting a wine from this grape was not a decision Silvio made based on trends or market demand. These were vines he inherited from his father.
"Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, be it from a more coastal terroir like Bolgheri or the densely wooded hills of Chianti, is no mere novelty—there is a real affinity of grape and place here, creating wines that don’t much resemble Bordeaux or Napa, but don’t suffer for it in the least." -David Lynch, former Wine Director at Babbo, NYC
Montesecondo 'Il Rospo' 2018
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a mere 1 hectare vineyard, “Il Rospo” was fermented and aged in concrete tanks, with no sulfur added during fermentation and only a tiny amount used at bottling.
Dazzlingnose of ripe black cherry, black and red currant, cassis, ginger bread, licorice, violets and pencil shavings. The palatedisplays great power and grip with moderate alcohol. Many Brunellos (some costing 2 to 3 times this wine!) wish they had this mix of bright, deep fruit and minerality.