2013 Montebello, Badia a Coltibuono, Tuscany, Italy

2013 Montebello, Badia a Coltibuono, Tuscany, Italy

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2013 Montebello, Badia a Coltibuono, Tuscany, Italy

Description

This wine is a masterful blend of nine indigenous Tuscan varieties: Mammolo, Ciliegiolo, Pugnitello, Colorino, Sanforte, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Foglia Tonda and Sangiovese. It is classified just as “Tuscany” (rather than Chianti) because a number of these historic varieties are no longer permitted in Chianti Classico production. The vines are planted in Coltibuono’s Montebello hillside vineyard, on fossil-rich clay soils. The result is a complex, harmonious wine which is the essence of Tuscany. Bright dark cherry fruit, fresh acidity and moreish fine-grained tannins make this a real treat with grilled lamb chops, ragù or roasted vegetables.
Matt Smith, Wine Buyer (July 2019)


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Badia a Coltibuono, Tuscany

Badia a Coltibuono, Tuscany

Located in Gaiole in Chianti, Badia a Coltibuono’s history dates back to 1051, to the Vallombrosan order of monks, whose fine abbey (‘Badia’ ) still stands proud at the heart of the wine property; ‘Coltibuono’ means ‘good crop’ by the way. Current owners, the Stucchi Prinetti family have only been in residence since its purchase in1846 by great great grandfather and Florentine banker Michele Giuntini, cousin of the Selvapiana family of Rufina.

The present generation, siblings Emanuela, Roberto, Paolo & Guido, now run the show, bringing this most traditional of wine estates up to date. At 74ha it’s no garage operation, but it is fortunate in owning a significant slice of subzone/sottozona Monti in Chianti, whose excellent terroir is much prized.

Another asset is their stock of ancient Sangiovese clones, which they have used to replant key sites at higher densities of 7-8,000 Sangiovese plants per hectare; as opposed to the ultra traditional pattern of low densities of red and white grapes.

In 1996 they built a new winery in Monti, and with the 2003 harvest their fruit was certified ICEA organic. Roberto Stucchi Prinetti remarks that since going organic they’ve noticed that the fermentations have been easier to follow. He adds that though they’ve sacrificed journalist ‘Points’ they’re more than happy with the pale elegance of their wines. They also produce a Chianti Classico Riserva.
 

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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The Wine Advocate92/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate92/100
The 2013 Montebello represents a crazy blend of indigenous grapes from Tuscany and Central Italy. You get Mammolo, Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Foglia Tonda, Malvasia Nera, Sanforte and Pugnitello. The blend offers medium weight and a nicely saturated ruby appearance. This wine has a little more power and textural richness compared to the more streamlined house style presented by Badia a Coltibuono in the lower-priced wines. There is some astringency here that needs to be integrated, but that added structure helps to cement the power and duration of the mouthfeel. Only 3,500 bottles were produced.
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