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Montepeloso Eneo 2018

Montepeloso Eneo 2018

55% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano, 15% Alicante, 5% Malvasia Nera. Quietly over the past decade, Montepeloso’s Fabio Chiarelotto has emerged as one of the towering winemakers of the Tuscan coast. His windy site sits above the famed Tua Rita estate in Suvereto, producing red wines that are among the region’s most refined. When he purchased Montepeloso in 1998, it was already well on its way to international stardom. Chiarelotto could have rested on that reputation, but he felt that as the vines had been planted and trained, the site would never reach its full potential. And so he spent years reshaping the vineyards. Looking back, he made the right decision, as today Montepeloso has few rivals on the Tuscan coast for producing wines of riveting complexity and great elegance. The terroir itself is extraordinary: hillsides around the town of Suvereto. The zone’s petrified clay soils, and its proximity to the sea, give a startling intensity of flavor to wines. It’s little wonder that a half dozen estates have sprung up over the past 20 years though, by contrast, most are planted in the heavier clays of the valley floor. Eneo has emerged as something special since Chiarelotto’s arrival. It remains primarily Sangiovese, with Colorino and Merlot all from biodynamic vineyards, and is aged in 2nd and 3rd year French barrique. It remains a pure and powerful, yet elegant example from this heralded zone of Tuscany. Fabio Chiarelotto has dedicated himself to producing the most elegant, impactful wine possible and he achieves it here with Eneo.

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$49.00
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SKU: 1144826201800750
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Red Tuscan Blend
Robert Parker
94
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"The Montepeloso 2018 Eneo (a blend of 55% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano, 15% Alicante and 5% Malvasia Nera) is another unexpected blend from this very promising estate on the Tuscan Coast. With 34,000 bottles made, this is the mid-entry cru wine. It offers a beautifully saturated color with thickness, fruity richness and nicely integrated tannins. It's a bit harder to dissect the various components in this blend, but that solo voice of Sangiovese does emerge with wild plum, potting earth and blue lilac. There is an extra point of acidity that also reminds me of the mighty Tuscan grape. This well-priced wine is worth seeking out." - Monica Larner
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