2006 Tenuta Monteti "Monteti"

SKU #1061803 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Monteti sparkles on the palate with beautifully articulated dark fruit, rosemary, mint and French oak. This is a somewhat understated 2006 from the Tuscan coast that relies more on elegance than sheer power, and there is no shortage of finesse here. This continues to gain weight and density in the glass, though, and my impression is that it will develop into a rather muscular wine even if today it is somewhat closed in on itself. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. Tenuta Monteti is one of the most exciting properties on the Tuscan coast. The flagship Monteti is a Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot blend that spends 16 months in French oak and is bottled unfiltered and unfined. All three vintages I tasted were magnificent. The estate’s entry-level red. Caburnio, was reviewed in Issue 190. (AG)  (10/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This delivers loads of black currant character, along with iron and graphite notes and a hint of thyme or sage. Pure and extracted, with up-front sweetness matching the dense tannins. Hard to deny its appeal. Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2012 through 2023.  (6/2011)

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Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2011 | Send Email
Try this with a perfectly grilled steak and you are in for a treat.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2011 | Send Email
I love drinking this wine. It is just the kind of wine you want when you sit down with a little bread and cheese or when you open something to drink while cooking dinner. Rich and complex, Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot blend that spends 16 months in French oak and is bottled unfiltered and unfined.

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2011 | Send Email
So I decided to mix it up a bit for dinner recently, taking slow-cooked rosemary chicken and making it into tacos. The Monteti Toscana was a perfect match: nice, light and spicy! Mexican-Italian, I love that combo!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2011 | Send Email
Well,well, well... what's it it? Bordeaux? No, that's what we like to call a "super" Tuscan, and a delicious one at that. For all intents and purposes, think Bordeaux, but with an unmistakable Italian twist. Very nice indeed.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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Super Tuscan