Wine Wednesday: Vecchie Terre di Montefili


I tried this wonderful Chianti Riserva last week at a tasting in New York. Vecchie Terre Montefili – Chianti Classico. The property which I believe has changed owners in the last years is located at 400 meters above sea level in Greve in Chianti. The symbol on the label is taken from two cypress trees that grace the property. This is a Chianti Classico made from Sangiovese. The Montefili family were Florentine nobles. This particular version of Chianti is more severe than some of the others due to soil, altitude and exposure. I found it to be lovely with cherry, earth, floral and Mediterranean herbs or “macchia mediterranea” aromas and flavors that one associates with Italy. As a Riserva is has to spend at least two years in oak. In the past Vittore Fiore who I have had the pleasure of meeting many times has been the oenologist. I hope he continues with the new owners.

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