Vinous 94 points!
Montesecondo Chianti Classico is a beautiful wine from this famous appellation of Tuscany. Silvio worked in the wine business in New York until he moved back to Italy in the 1990's to take over his family farm, Montesecondo, in the village of Cerbaia in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Silvio's father purchased the property back in 1963; besides olive groves and forest, there were vineyards whose fruit was sold to the local co-op. Silvio bottled the estate's first wine in 2000 from their vineyards of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot; they are being replanted over time with massale selection vines. At first Silvio used chemicals in the vineyard but converted the farm to organic by 2003. It is now Biodynamic.
Montescondo Chianti Classico is 90% Sangiovese/10% Canaiolo & Colorino (co-planted as is traditional in Chianti). Montesecondo comprises two separate properties: both are biodynamically farmed and both lie in the San Casciano zone of Chianti Classico but are quite different from each other. The original family vineyard, generally referred to as "Montesecondo", is lower-altitude, warmer, flatter and with heavier clay soils in the town of Cerbaia; the newer one, referred to as Vignano for the name of the tiny village, is up at 500 meters and is cooler, hillier and rich in limestone. The Chianti is a blend of both sites, with proportions varying by vintage. The grapes are hand-harvested and mainly destemmed but with up to 30% whole clusters in the mix. Pressing is gentle and fermentation with indigenous yeasts is spontaneous in concrete tanks without sulfur. The wine is aged mainly in concrete for 1-1.5 years, bottled without fining or filtering and released in the late spring two years after the vintage.
"The 2018 Chianti Classico is absolutely gorgeous. Black cherry, tobacco, spice and leather bring out the darker side of Sangiovese. Bold and dramatic in the glass, with striking depth as well as translucency, the 2018 is a winner. I loved it."--Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Sept 2020, 94 points!
Enjoy Montesecondo Chianti Classico with veal, pasta, osso buco, and aged cheeses.