The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks at 77° F), followed by maceration on the skins for 15-20 days and malolactic for 7 days. The wine is then aged for one year in oak (80% Slavonian barrels, 20% barriques). All of the barriques are made of French Oak. 10-20% of the barriques are new and the remain percent are 2nd year barriques. Finally, the wine is aged in the bottle for 6. With the release of the 2009 vintage Monte Antico is extending the bottle age to a full 12 months!
In the glass: Monte Antico is a deep garnet-red color with a semi-opaque core going out into a lighter, still dense garnet rim definition with a slightly tinged edge and medium-high viscosity. On the nose: It is immediately apparent that we're dealing with a highly quaffable wine, as it exudes concentrated cherry compote, black cherry liqueur, powerful smoky notes of aged wood, fresh crushed mint leaf notes, smashed black plums, pipe tobacco, lead pencil and earthy minerals, all characteristic of sangiovese-based wines. On the palate: The wine immediately impresses with its soft intensity and full-bodied structure showing concentrated plums, morello cherries and raw cherry juice, roasted herbs and fine earth-driven minerals. The midpalate is powerful with excellent concentration of black cherry fruit going into a long, slow-building finish that embellishes the great quality of this superb value wine. It is still on the palate a full minute afterward, showing supple tannins, great delineation and fine purity. Odds and ends: Wine importer Neil Empson, who represents one of the most desirable portfolios in Italian wines in the United States, started a collaboration with renowned Italian oenologist Franco Bernabei nearly 10 years ago and created this "baby Super Tuscan," which they call Monte Antico. IGT is the normal denomination for most of the Italian so-called "Super Tuscans" because they are made from either indigenous or international grape varietals and do not adhere to the strict DOC laws of Italy. This wine qualifies for IGT status, however, because it is made from a blend with sangiovese. Since IGT became a sort of quality standard all on its own, there was prestige in not going for the DOCG designation. Either way, this is great stuff from the phenomenal 2007 vintage for Tuscan wines, and at a price that is an excellent value. It's a great pizza wine and should be good through 2015.
medium to full body, black fruits, plums and cherry, tobacco, dusty, lingering spiced licorice finish. Very nice. Pairs very well with port salut, poetic.
This is light and sweet(ish). To people who like dry and heavy, this may not be your wine.
Cherry bouquet, sweetness on the front, medium to full body, bitter finish
$11 @ Jimmy's OK not much complexity or lightly tannic
Wine Buyer(2006 Vintage) Dark ruby in color, its bouquet of leather, earth, herbs, black cherries, licorice and plums is confirmed on the medium to full-bodied palate - round, spicy, elegant, attractively fruity.