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September 18, 2014
MONTETI AT CABURNIO PRICE. CHE DIAMINE?

The title reference may not be intelligible to a lot of people, but those who understood should already be excited. We'll explain from the beginning. In 1998, there was nothing in this little corner of Tuscany, except for some pastures and a run-down house. Paolo Baratta and his wife decided that this would be the place where they would create his dream wine estate.

Tenuta Monteti nestles up to the woods of the Bassa Maremma, south of the town of Capalbio. The name of the winery is taken from the nearby hill that shields the winery from the Mediterranean winds. Digging the vineyards turned up a number of huge boulders, which Paolo excavated and had stood on end. Those big rocks adorn the Monteti label.

There are two wines produced on this estate: the flagship Monteti and the more moderately-priced Caburnio. The winery uses gravity flow in the winemaking process to avoid pumping the musts. This 2007 Monteti was the first to undergo natural-yeast fermentation, which has since become the winery's standard practice. The 2007 Tenuta Monteti Toscana Monteti is a blend of Bordeaux varietals: Petit Verdot (55%), Cabernet Franc (25%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). It sees 18 months in French oak barriques, with 70% in new, medium-toasted barriques and 30% in second-use barrels. This is followed by 24 months of bottle aging.

This 2007 Monteti has a deep, opaque appearance and a Bordeaux-like nose of dark red fruits, minerality, earth, and tobacco. In the mouth, this is sleek and polished, with insistent currant and plum fruit, notes of spice, pepper, and a minerality that could be referred to as "crushed rocks." Simply put, this is very classy stuff and well worth it's regular release price of $40.

We have sold Monteti's junior red, the Monteti Caburnio, for about half of that $40. The Caburnio is a quirky blend of Cabernet, Alicante Bouchet, and Merlot. Speaking of quirky, we have also mentioned from time to time about how creative Italian wine importers get with their markups. With that in mind, we scored an amazing deal on Monteti's big dog from the lush 2007 vintage in Tuscany, and dual 92-point scores from both The Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. At under $20, this represents a 50% saving and is $10 less than the best Wine-Searcher price in the country! This is a screaming deal for fans of Italian wine, or any fans of wine in general. Only 40 cases. Allora.

MONTETI 2007 MONTETI TOSCANA ** CLOSEOUT ** RELEASE PRICE $40!
score: WA 92
WS 92

add to cart $19.99   add a case $239.88

Antonio Galloni writes in The Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Monteti bursts from the glass with the essence of blackberries, blueberry jam, crushed rocks and spices. This is a decidedly inky, sumptuous, super-ripe wine that needs a few years in bottle to settle down. The 2007 Monteti is 55% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 18 months in French oak barrels, 70% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022."

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