Amazing Sangiovese! 1986 Il Sodaccio di Montevertine from Chianti. “Montevertine’s estate, which is on Chianti hills in the town of Radda in Chianti, has been purchased by Sergio Manetti, a manufacturer of steel, in 1967. Sergio has initially purchased the estate to renovate it and make it his holiday home, planting some hectares of vineyard to produce wine for himself and his loved ones.
The first wine was produced and marketed in 1971 and received flattering praise. Enthused by the success, Sergio Manetti decided to devote himself exclusively to the production of quality wine, planting new vineyards and setting up new wineries.
The success achieved exceeded the most optimistic expectations. Today, the only drink a glass of Pergole Torte, any thousandth, leads us into a world of of Montevertine, the one of Sergio Manetti and his son Martino, of Giulio Gambelli and Bruno Bini, winemakers business.
In this wine, in fact, it is enclosed the pride of these men, their love for Tuscany and for their vineyards and the magic of a terroir of the most beautiful and important in the world. First with Sergio and now with his son Martino, the company has sealed the bond between Sangiovese and his place of choice, the Chianti, to become a bright and spotless interpreter guardian of this extraordinary variety.”
2002 Fiano Di Avellino “Campo Re” and 1999 Taurasi “Fatica Contadina” from @terredora in my beloved Campania. These two wines last night were a mystical experience. The longevity of Fiano and the refinement that Aglianico reaches with bottle aging left me speechless. These are the pillars of Campanian Winemaking. “Terredora Di Paolo is a story of a family that is closely linked to Campania, its land, its history and its people for generations. With 494 acres of privately owned vineyards in the best sites of the Avellino province, Terredora di Paolo is one of the largest wineries in southern Italy.
In Irpinia, the wines exhibit a distinctive personality due to its unique microclimate. The altitude at which the vineyards are found, the soil and the thermal fluctuations develop wines that are intense and elegant and display complex bouquets. Since its establishment in 1978, Terredora di Paolo has focused on rediscovering and restoring Campania’s ancient and native varietals such as Aglianico, Fiano, Greco and Falanghina. These varietals are key players that have brought about Campanian’s wine renaissance.”
1985 Diamond Creek “Gravelly Meadow, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. So much life still in it!! “Diamond Creek, California's first "Cabernet only" estate vineyard, was established in 1968. Visionary pioneer, Al Brounstein, defied modern convention and planted Bordeaux varietals on secluded Diamond Mountain. The three distinct soil types on theis 20-acre property produce different single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Light ash soild of Volcanic Hill is in sharp contrast to the iron-rich Red Rock Terrace and the pebbly Gravelly Meadow. Each year, the estate produces a small amount of long-lived wines that are revered by connoisseurs the world over.”