Monte Antico, ancient mountain in Italian, is a proprietary label of Neil and Maria Empson. Their unique affinity to this extraordinary region has led them to make their own mark on Tuscan soil. The finest selections are cherry-picked according to harvest conditions in the individual zones and microclimates. This balanced orchestration of geological diversity makes for the wine’s consistent excellence, justly praised by the likes of Robert Parker. The wine itself comes from a few of the region’s finest vineyard sites, in the areas of Maremma, Colline Pisane, and Colli Fiorentini.
Monte Antico Toscana Rosso 2009
The blend, albeit varying slightly depending on vintage conditions, is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot. The best selections are blended and aged 1 year in oak (80% in Slavonian barrels, 20% in barrique) and at least 6 months in the bottle, achieving a graceful balance of voluptuous berry tones and flexible yet sturdy backbone. Dark ruby in color, its bouquet of leather, earth, herbs, black cherries, licorice and plums is confirmed on the medium to full-bodied palate – round, spicy, elegant, attractively fruity and extremely versatile with any fare from pasta or risotto, to meat, fowl and cheese. Moreover, the Empsons’ judicious pricing policy makes it “consistently one of Italy’s better values”. In other words: food-friendly, pocket-friendly, all-around simpatico.
Deep ruby color with garnet hues; elegant bouquet: leather, black cherries, licorice and plums; medium to full palate where ripe red fruit, goût de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violets harmonize and linger, interlacing with the soft tannins and silky texture. Firm backbone, ideal balance.
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