Vinous 93 points! "Montemercurio 2009 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Messaggero is absolutely delicious. Radiant, supple and expressive, with notable purity of fruit, the 2009 exudes class. Sweet red cherry, bright floral notes and veins of chalky minerality give the 2009 a compelling interplay of aromas, flavors and textures. Beautifully focused throughout, the 2009 will drink well for the next handful of years."
Montemercurio Messaggero Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a beautiful red wine from the Montepulciano region of Tuscany. Montemercurio is the ancient name of the town of Montepulciano, named for Mercurio, the messenger of the Greek gods. The Montemercurio vineyards sit on ideal SW exposures at altitudes up to 450 meters. On 7 hectares of land a little more than 30k bottles are produced annually. The current owners are Paola Luciani and her son Marco Anselmi but Marco says the entire project is a dedication to his dear grandfather, Nonno Damo Anselmi.
Montemercurio Messaggero Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is 100% Sangiovese estate grown and hand harvested at altitudes of over 1500 feet above sea level, where the cooling night time temperature change provides the complexity for this elegant wine. After careful grape selection a long maceration is followed with at least 18 months in large Slovenian oak barrels (40 hl) and then 6 months in 10 hl barrels. Messaggero will spend at least 12 months in the bottle before it is released. It is deep ruby red in color with a bouquet of ripe plum, dark cherries and subtle hints of spices and mint. Full-bodied with moderate acidity and silky tannins, this red offers flavors of blackberry and plum with well integrated sweet oak. The finish is rich, long and polished.
Enjoy Montemercurio Messaggero Vino Nobile di Montepulciano with veal, pork, osso bucco, pasta and aged cheeses.