Costa Toscana, Italy
Vinous 94-97 points! James Suckling 94 points!
Montepeloso Eneo is a gorgeous super-Tuscan red from Swiss-born winemaker Fabio Chiarelotto. 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.
Varietal Notes: 45% Sangiovese, 35% Montepulciano, 15% Alicante and 5% Marselan.
Vineyard: Suvereto, Maremma, Tuscany.
Orientation: 50-100m in elevation.
Soil: Lime-rich petrified clay and silex.
Viticulture: Harvested by hand in the first two weeks in October
Vinification: Grapes are 100% de-stemmed. No filtration.
Aging: Aged in second, third and fourth passage barriques.
The 2016 Eneo is a flat-out stunner. I don't remember ever tasting an Eneo with this much freshness. Powerful and yet also incredibly nuanced, the 2016 is all class. An exotic mélange of black cherry, smoke, licorice, game, tobacco and incense infuse this beautifully nuanced Suvereto red. Time in the glass brings out the wine's aromatics and a red-toned/floral component that distinguishes it from the other 2016s in this range, all of which are considerably darker. More than anything else, the 2016 has a soaring vertical explosiveness that is simply breathtaking.
-- Antonio Galloni
Publication: James Suckling
I love the purity of fruit and the freshness to the brambleberries, blueberries, undergrowth and freshly cut herbs. The texture is very fine with grainy tannins, bright, driving acidity and a medium chewy finish. A blend of montepulciano, sangiovese, alicante, and malvasia nera. Drink now.