Under the guidance of the original owners, Willi and Doris Neukom, Montepeloso established itself as one of Tuscany’s most exciting estates, earning 5 stars from Robert Parker. In 1998, however, the estate was sold to Fabio Chiarelotto, a Swiss-Italian historian. Chiarelotto was entranced with the Neukom’s wines, but he was convinced that they fell short of the terroir’s true potential. While a unique site is important for great wine, an inspired winemaker is also required. The introspective Chiarelotto had little interest in the guidance of fashionable enologists. He was determined to follow his own path— and he brought with him a clear vision of the singular wines he felt the estate could yield.Within a year of the purchase, Chiarelotto embarked on a dramatic overhaul of the vineyards— retraining or re-grafting thousands of vines. He was willing to accept drastically reduced production for a few years if it would result in greater wines. In the cellar, Chiarelotto sought ways to soften the tannins, refine the aromatics, and better integrate the oak. With each succeeding vintage, he is getting closer to his ideal. Chiarelotto admits that it’s “easy to produce concentrated wines in such a hot climate…but it’s much harder to achieve elegance and finesse”.Chiarelotto is receiving the rewards of his passion. The buzz that has been spreading through Europe over the past few years has leapt the Atlantic. A growing number of collectors see Montepeloso’s wines as the most beautiful, profound, and expressive of the Tuscan New Wave.
The wines of Proprietor Fabio Chiarelloto are some of the highly prized coming out of Tuscany today. The A Quo is his baby and if you like Tuscany best I also highly recommend seeking out his Eneo and his Nardo, both get huge scores by Parker but at a higher price point. This red is one of the great buys coming out of Tuscany today, I strongly recommend while we have availability.
Alpha is a Rosso di Toscana produced from younger vines between 8 and 20 years of age It is Fabio Chiarelotto’s newest creation, and once again goes in a direction un-like many other Rosso di Toscana wines from the Etruscan Coast.
Gabbro embodies the essence of the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon vines, some of which are over 40 years old. It represents an ambition to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon that can hold its own with the best in the world. This wine is matured for 18 months in 80% new wood, with some 400-litre barrels as well as barriques. The wine is subsequently stored in the bottle, usually for about nine months. Annual production is 3000 bottles on average.
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