96WA "The 2008 Nardo explodes on the palate with wild dark cherries, spices, licorice, cassis and leather. Dark and powerful, yet supremely elegant, the Nardo impresses for its exceptional balance and purity. The fruit literally wraps around the palate in a stunning, radiant expression of pure class. Sweet mentholated and floral notes add the final layers of depth and complexity in this superb wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028." - Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, 96 points!
45% Montepulciano, 45% Sangiovese and 10% Marselan.
Tucked away in the hills of Suvereto near Bolgheri on the Tuscan Coast – one of the hottest areas in Tuscany – is the 15-acre Montepeloso estate. The winemaker, Swiss-born Fabio Chiarelotto, admits about his wine that it’s “easy produce concentrated wines in such a hot climate…but it’s much harder to achieve elegance and finesse.” In order to take full advantage of the terroir’s potential, he overhauled the vineyards in 1997 – retraining, pruning, and even regrafting many vines. In the cellar, he does relatively short macerations, employs natural yeasts during fermentation, and bottles without filtration.
Nardo (Tuscan dialect for lavender), remains Montepelosos’ flagship wine. It is never made in a quantity of more than 400 cases a year. Production will gradually increase as the young vineyards reach maturity. For now, these remain among Italy’s elite rarities.