Community Tasting Notes (36) Avg Score: 91 points

  • Heavily perfumed and intoxicating nose! This wine got better and better over the years. Sadly this was my last bottle. And it was the best. Complex, integrated and perfectly fitting the Spaghetti Puttanesca I enjoyed at home while watching Bayern against Port CL game.

    Considering the brown edges I don't this this wine will evolve further. Drink until 2016.

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  • Delicious. Powerful nose of black cherry, anise, rose petal, freshly turned earth, and cool minerality. The palate is lovely, elegant, but still has some tannin that kicks in. The red berry, floral, and anise notes are in full effect. The finish is good. Certainly seems to have structure and flavor to continue to evolve for several years. Definitely good now, I suspect will be better in another 2-3 years.

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  • Buono, tannino si è smussato, profuma di toscana e di sangiovese, con lo spiedo è stato polverizzato.

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  • This is great wine. This vintage shows as there is plenty of tannin, some darker fruit, alongside red berry and lots of savory, meaty, smoky tones. There is also some forest floor and floral hints. This is the type of wine I could smell all night. The palate shows pretty robust tannins still, but they are integrating and with food and air meld well. The finish is a touch tannic currently. I think this has a good 6-10 years of continued development ahead. It drinks well now with aeration and food, but should continue to improve.

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  • The second bottle I've had in the last three months. Black cherry, brown sugar, violets, fresh turned earth, and tobacco on the nose—perfumed, rich, alluring. Sadly, the palate doesn't live up to the nose: thin on the tip of the tongue, with acid popping out on the middle, and not in the most pleasant way. Somewhat drying on the finish. Not in the same league as the last bottle, which was excellent in every way. Maybe not the best bottle, maybe on a downward slope. Rated 0 on a scale of -1 to 3.

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  • Very similar to my last bottle a year and a half ago. In a sweet spot for drinking. Really enjoyed this. Awesome with grilled rack of lamb.

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  • Best chianti ever

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  • This is absolutely fantastic. Much darker in color than the other Montevertine's I've tasted. The nose is almost reminiscent of a fine Gevrey burgundy with savory, meaty notes, underlying dark cherry, fresh turned earth, and some tobacco notes. Really actually hard to stop smelling. The palate is filled with dark cherry and other black fruit with plenty of tannin that is integrating well and is overall nicely balanced. More tannin in this than the other Montevertine's I've had, but integrating well. I think this has a couple of years of positive development still ahead and will drink well for another 5-7 years easily. Fantastic example of balanced Sangiovese. Can't recommend enough.

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  • Opened and decanted an hour before drinking. Definitely within its drinking window, tannins well integrated with fruit, though later in the evening, it reminded me that it still had plenty of reserve, and might improve with additional cellaring.
    Very fine.
    Rated 1 on a scale of -1 to 3.

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  • Floral nose, a hint of elegance, already red-brown colour. Quite a bit acidity. Medium to long body.

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  • Stunning nose of pipe tobacco, unfinished leather, cocoa powder, sweet dark cherry, violet and some green herbal/spice notes. The entry is gorgeous, with velvety mid weight texture eventually giving way to a nice acid snap on the finish. Hardens with time in the glass. Tannins are refined, but still present, will try my next one in several years if I can keep my hands off of this.

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  • Granato, naso maturo su note di fragola prugna, terra , violetta appassita, spezie dolci, bocca fresca, goduriosa anche se con quel leggero tannino che gli da grip in bevuta, finita la bottiglia in 2 in pochissimo....solito problema alcolico

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  • A joy to drink. Cherries, spices, herbs, earth. Tannins are very well integrated, well balanced. Perfect weight. Double decanted about 90 minutes prior to serving. I have another bottle and will drink in the next year or two, I'm sure they will hold, but not sure how much more they will improve. Fabulous with red pepper, fennel, and spinach risotto. I need to buy Montevertine more frequently.

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  • A wall of tannins - way too young to drink in the sense that the wine is not harmonious and expressive yet. There are hints of its character in the dark plum and black cherry fruit, and it's certainly lovely, but even with a decant of over two hours, it's simply an exercise in drinking wine that's not meant to be drunk at this age. My bad.

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  • Really beautiful wine. Opened up nicely in the glass. Clear tones with rich mouthfeel. A bit rustic, but also very developed. Would recommend highly. Medium-to-full bodied. Moderate tannins. Long finish

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  • Dinner at Fred's Bistro with Janie and Cliff. Big cherries, black cherries, dark fruit, chocolate and vanillin notes. Well integrated tannins. Typical for this wine and has become my favorite Italian producer with Pergole Torte being one of the best wines I've ever had. Not many second labels are as good as this montevertine.

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  • No notes taken - I do remember this being distinctively Tuscan with iron minerality and dried reds fruits. Very nice wine.

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  • Rosso rubino con unghia granata limpido, il naso appena aperto era un pò puzzettoso di riduzione, il vino lo lascio li per mezza ora e poi a tavola....si ripulisce molto bene al naso e presenta sensazioni fruttate di fragola e ciligia mature, una violetta appassita molto bella, poi si spinge su note terra bagnata e chiude con un allungo speziato di alloro molto presente.IN boccaè è ancora parecchio cazzuto con dei tannini ancora belli presenti e affilati, l'acidità rinfresca il palato e dona slancio, consistente e con chiusura frutta+alloro.
    Ancora giovane ma di carattere.

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  • Decanted for 3 hours. Paired well with medium rare steak. Nose had a lot of cherries, and floral notes. Medium body/ high acidity. Have 1 more bottle and will hold out till end of the year. But it's drinking nicely now. The finish lingers on and on. Simply delicious! Now, I need to stock up more on the 2006 vintage!

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  • A very beautiful and well-made wine. It has a classic Chianti Classico profile but is very clean, fresh and refined. Still, I have a hard time justifying its current price locally and on the internet. There are many Chianti Classicos of the same quality at a much lesser price. At its peak. Drink now or within a year or so. IMHO it does not have the tannins and structure to justify more cellar aging.

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  • Just now starting to show great complexity and integration. Very classy.

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  • (da doppia magnum) sangiovese molto pronunciato con note di ciliegia e carruba chiantigiana, bello preciso e netto

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  • Nose had lots of Depth - Cherries, floral, leather, earth. great balance of acidity and tannin. Great bottle.

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  • If you somehow still hold a lingering impression of chianti as being a cheap, basket-sheathed pizza wine, this wine will forever banish those thoughts from your mind. It held an incredibly aromatic nose of flowers and earth that left me swirling and sniffing all night long. In the mouth, it combined a silky texture with classic sangiovese bright cherry flavors and the lively acid made it a perfect complement to my wife's awesome spaghetti bolognese. Simply put, it's greatest expression of sangiovese I've ever tasted...at least until I try the Pergole Torte. :)

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  • Still very tight and acidic.
    Nose is great with a typical sangiovese profile but the palate does not give away much. Sour cherries and quite a lot of tannins still.
    Better on day 2 which gives me hope that this will develop further and turn into something more giving than at this stage.
    Hold for at least 2 more years.

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  • nose: fragrant and savory nose of plums, dark red cherries, red fruits, bits of meaty tones and roasted herbs. There is a real elegant side to the nose that is really enjoyable

    taste: elegant and polished with a good medium body and medium/high acidity with floral tones, plums, dark red cherries, roasted herbs and some bits of meaty tones. Very good tannins as well are on this showing off its youth

    overall: This could use a couple of years to shed some baby fat. This can be really good with a bit of age to calm down the tannins and acidity and then really show off what it has

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  • Absolutely delicious, with concentrated red fruit flavors and great length. It was a bit tannic at first, but they melted away after decanting. This should be even better in 2011 or 2012.

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  • A complete wine. Garnet / ruby with some density. Rich cherry, earth, sandalwood and spices. Medium body. Not showing as young as expected with good balance and firm, but not biting, tannins. Aromatic, rich and satisfying.

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  • A delicious wine, somewhat more substantial than the 2001. Wonderful berry flavors, great with food. I've Been drinking most incarnations of Montevertine since 1995 and this one is memorable.

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  • I loved this wine. needed time to open up...but after 30 minutes it tasted and smelled sour cherries, earth, leather and menthol. lighter bodied with well integrated tannins....ate with my usual salad and a plate of chedder cheese and toscano salami. i need to go buy more!

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  • Wizards Trade Tasting (Warehouse): Hugely structured, but still an elegant wine within. Very nice. 91ish

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  • We drank a bottle of this following a flight of 82 Pergole Torte (at a GREAT place), 85 Pergole Torte (sadly, corked but fruit seemed oh so fresh), and 90 Pergole Torte (seemed to have a lot in front of it), and this wine confirmed prior tasting-- unmistakably Montevertine with the earthy notes, aromatics, and bright red fruit -- served as an excellent reference point on what this wine is capable of....

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  • I love Montevertine Rosso normale. Perhaps not as fine as the 99 and a little more forward than the 01, but this is a great way to get a Manetti fix and not unreasonable pricing. Substantial MV typicity -- sour cherries, earth, leather and a little menthol. This is a beautiful wine, perhaps a little more forward than some more structured 04CCRs but it showed the full array of classic Montevertine/Pergole Torte notes. Not to be missed by the true believers...

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  • Perfumed nose of dark sangiovese fruit, menthol and some toast. Terrific nose.
    The palate is very elegant. Quite light on its feet with a limestone base. Not terribly complex at this stage. The emphasis is definitely on subtlety and elegance rather than power. An intellectual wine that will hopefully develop more complexity with time.

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  • Wow a great job here, in a considerable vintage for Montevertine.A wonderful bright ruby colour with pale rim.Just poured it is immediately polished it exhibits a powerful nose of dark cherry, black pepper,eucalyptus, chocolate it gains complexity with oxigen.The sip is lively sharp with flavours of black cherry with the typical acidity of sangiovese great definition and nice persistance.This is a perfect matching with meat and game.At this stage is very young with many years ahead.Probably the best Montevertine ever produced!!!!!!!

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