2015 Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

SKU #1386037 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made with organically cultivated Sangiovese, this fragrant elegant red opens with enticing scents of underbrush, sunbaked earth, wild berry, violet, crushed mint and a balsamic whiff of camphor. Smooth and savory, the linear palate has surprising vibrancy for such a hot vintage, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, strawberry compote, star anise and white pepper. Elegant fine-grained tannins lend polished support while a coffee note lingers on the close. Drink through 2025. *Editors’ Choice* (KO)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of green tomato and tomato leaf segue into plum and cherry flavors in this concentrated red. Leather, iron and sanguine notes chime in as this cruises to a lingering aftertaste. Shows terrific intensity and balance. Best from 2022 through 2040. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. *Smart Buy* (BS)  (11/2018)

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2019 | Send Email
Smooth and rich expressions that show the best of Montepulciano. Aromas include black berry, cherry, smoked spice, leather and moist tobacco. Pair this wine with stewed veal.This 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano impresses for its rich, weighty personality packed with red fruit. The roundness of the fruit carries through nicely to the finish, showing no hard edges and long balance.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2019 | Send Email
I keep buying bottles of this wine to "put away" only to drink them the very next time I'm reaching for Sangiovese (which is often). It's a problem I don't truly mind having, because as much as I look forward to revisiting this wine in another 2-3 years, it is so very pleasing now. The nose is gorgeous, and hints at a sweeter wine than what hits your palate. The aroma is full of tart fruit and vanilla-clove spice, but the palate is old world-- rustic tannin and some savory baking chocolate and leather on the finish. A fantastic value!

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2019 | Send Email
This Sangiovese has a sassy attitude and I'm loving it. It shows a mix of sweet and sour cherry fruit, some figs and a waft of mint and herbs. The longer it is open, the sweeter side of the cherry fruit comes forward and the wine remains dry and structured with some pleasantly grippy tannins. Pop this open and let it breathe while you cook that steak. You're in for a treat.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2019 | Send Email
Vino Nobile has maintained far less of a presence in the US market than its better known neighbor Chianti but some of its finer producers are making every effort to reverse that. The 2015 Salcheto Vino Nobile is one of their finest to-date and a wonderful expression of Sangiovese from the hillside of Montepulciano. Its expressive aromas of red berries, wild herb, earth and leather are joined by a polished palate of bright berry fruit with slightly dusty tannins on the finish. The winery ages this in large botte and smaller French oak barrels that refine what would normally be a more structured and firmer wine. This classic Tuscan shines at the dinner table.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2019 | Send Email
Sangiovese keeps finding ways into my heart, and this current from Salcheto is no exception. Hitting the right price point under $22 dollars, the Salcheto is a crowd pleaser with balanced acid, mild tannins, and very accessible drinkability. Looking for an easy going but well made wine for a fancy Italian dinner? Look no further, I think I found it right here.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2019 | Send Email
The name Salcheto comes from the river that runs through the town of Montepulciano in the Southeastern portion of Sienna. It derives from the ancient Tuscan name for "Willow Tree" whose branches were used to trellis the vines of the area. Not only is the wine rich with tradition, its rich and spicy aromatics jump out of the glass that is calmed by a deep undertone of cocoa. The full ripeness of the 2015 vintage shows in the black cherry character of the wine. As it sits in the glass the nose and palate are flooded with lightly toasted baking spice. The spicy and dry tannins stick on the finish while that lush fruit is balanced with a bing of acidity.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is enticing, a combination of sweet, wild cherry fruit coupled with a savory, umami like character. On the palate this intrigue opens and develops another layer of complexity the savory side deepens and the fruit becomes more intense. The wine starts off with a supple; rather soft palate presence but then begins to show its structure, super fine grain tannin frames the wine. The Organic nature of this wine is readily apparent, the fruit is so pure, the wine is so balanced it is really a grand wine at this pricepoint.
Drink from 2018 to 2026

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- 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.