The 2013 vintage in Tuscany, both in the coastal Maremma and inland in the Chianti Classico region, is promising great things. While most of Europe struggled in 2013 Tuscany excelled, a cool spring lowered yields, while a cool summer ripened the grapes slowly and Autumn followed suit allowing the grape growers to pick ripe and balanced fruit. Sassicaia has received one if its highest ever scores, as has Tignanello. In turn Montevertine Le Pergole Torte has produced potentially their greatest wine since the 100 point 1990 Riserva, with their 2013 already awarded 95-97+ points from Antonio Galloni: ‘All the elements are in place for the 2013 to challenge for a spot among the great Pergole Tortes of all time.
Le Pergole Torte also displays excellent vintage premium, rising in price from release: a wine worth buying at the beginning of its lifecycle. The table below displays vintages with 95 points or more in 6x75cl cases and the 2013 will reach the heights of the 2007 and 2006. After all, considering Galloni’s comments, ‘2013 is shaping up to be a magnificent, perhaps even epic, vintage at Montevertine’,
In addition, Montevertine Montevertine, also known as Montevertine Rosso, has received one of its highest ever scores with 92-94 points, potentially supplanting the 2007 and 2011. Montevertine Rosso is the Estate’s standard bearer derived form a six-acre south-southwest vineyard first planted in 1982. It is made of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, a true Chianti Classico and is aged in Slavonian barrels for two-years. The wine oozes with the class of Pergole Torte at only £23 bottle, representing unbelievable value for money. Buying a case of each is the perfect storm, allowing one to drink the Rosso while you wait for Le Pergole Torte to reach maturity.
Le Pergole Torte is located in Radda, a district at the very heart of Chianti. Their vineyards are found on the highest altitude in the region, thus benefiting from a cooler temperature which helps the wine retain a wonderful freshness and balance. Taken together Tignanello and Le Pergole Torte represents the best of the Sangiovese grape, which lends itself well to the warmer weather inland.
Le Pergole Torte continues to be made with the passion and precision laid down by Sergio Manetti, an Italian steel magnate who bought the property in 1967. They maintain a regional typicity, refusing to plant international varieties, expressing Sangiovese with intense character and in terms of its powerful structure it is in a league of its own. Le Pergole Torte is only made in exceptional years and the labels, designed by Alberto Manfredi, vary from year to year. The labels like the wine are exquisite, using a variant of a lady’s profile.
Unlike Tignanello (85% Sangiovese) Le Pergole Torte is 100% Sangiovese, the wine is vinified in cement tanks, then aged first in French oak and then cask. Production is more akin to Pomerol with only 1,500 cases on average made per year. The purity of fruit is remarkable, it is structured, concentrated and possibly the most refined expression of Sangiovese in the world. It is less rustic and more precise than Tignanello and drinks well young, yet will last for three decades.
Le Pergole Torte is unquestionably one of the leading Super Tuscans, a genus that has solidified its place among the greatest wines in the world. Le Pergole Torte provides an incredible silkiness, sweet cherries, kirsch, rose petals, spice, cigar box and mint in its youth. With age it develops notes of candy, chocolate, leather, incense and Porcini mushroom.
Le Pergole Torte 2013 – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 95-97+ Pts
The 2013 Le Pergole Torte is shaping up to be magnificent. Powerful yet weightless, the 2013 displays compelling, crystalline purity, with chiseled, beautifully articulated flavors, beams of supporting acidity and captivating overall balance. All the elements are in place for the 2013 to challenge for a spot among the great Pergole Tortes of all time. 2022 - 2042
Montevertine Rosso – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 92-94 Pts
The 2013 Montevertine is pliant and expressive, with lovely mid-palate resonance and gorgeous depth. Today, the Montevertine comes across as a bit raw and unpolished, especially next to the sublime Pergole Torte, but it nevertheless shows ample potential as well as pedigree, not to mention multiple dimensions to its personality. This sample was a bit unsettled, which suggests it might have been racked recently. Still, the overall texture is impossible to miss. 2018 – 2032
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