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Montebello 2016 – Badia a Coltibuono

Montebello 2016 - Badia a Coltibuono
Written by Piero Pardini

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Wine: Montebello
Varietal composition: Mammolo, Ciliegiolo, Pugnitello, Colorino, Sanforte, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Fogliatonda and Sangiovese.
Denomination: Toscana I.G.T. organic.
Alcoholic content: 15% vol.
Vintage: 2016.
Production area: Gaiole in Chianti – Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Vineyard: Chianti Classico.
Vineyard age: 21-32 years.
Soil: limestone clay of medium texture rich in skeleton.
Training system: Guyot.
Density (plants per hectare) 5000 – 5500.
Harvesting method: manual.
Vinification: the grapes are vinified in wooden vats with indigenous yeasts and manual punching down. The final refinement takes place in oak barrels.
Aging: 12-14 months in barriques with subsequent maturation of at least 6 months in oak barrels. and another 6 months of aging in the bottle.
Serving temperature: 18° C.
Production: 5,000.
Vintage 2016: The mild winter with above average temperatures and the rains of February / March led to an early bud break of the vine, with subsequent flowering in the last days of April. The grassing in the vineyard and the hot and dry climate of July and August were key elements in obtaining a great harvest in terms of quality. The rigorous control of the production processes has produced excellent wines.
Harvest: 19th September / 7th October.

Tasting Notes
Upon visual examination the sample is limpid, very intense and bright ruby ​​red color, with good consistency.
The nose shows a riot of small berries, blackberry, currant, blueberry but also strawberries, with notes of freshly mown red flowers. Hints of sweet spices and a nuance of ground pepper in the finish complete the wide bouquet of aromas of this wine.
Montebello 2016, on the olfactory taste exam, pleasantly stimulates the palate, with a linear and warm sip. Good tannic texture, perhaps still a little young, but with a large acidic shoulder that makes it ready for a long aging. What is highlighted on the nose is confirmed by a hint of fruit that is not completely ripe, an elegant sample of fine quality.
It is recommended in combination with a cacciatore rabbit.

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Badia a Coltibuono
Località Badia a Coltibuono
53013 Gaiole in Chianti (Siena)- Tuscany
Phone +39 0577 746110

About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor of "The Wolf Post", Italian based International digital wine platform.
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.
He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the authorized biography "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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