2019 Monteraponi Trebbiano (750ml)15 2 0 0
"Monteraponi is one of the great recent success stories of Chianti Classico. Michele Braganti describes himself as the black sheep of the family, whose main business activity is in the production of fine silver frames in Florence. 'My father bought the property in 1974, which was abandoned at the time, to make a little wine for fun,' Braganti told me. 'I finished my studies in economics in 1998. Let’s just say I didn’t do too well. My mother sent me here as punishment. First I sold fruit and then in 2003 we started making our own wines.' Monteraponi is a typical Tuscan borgo, a self-contained hamlet that dates back to Medieval times. The sprawling property spans 200 hectares of which only 12.5 are under vine. A collection of small parcels are all at altitude, which is increasingly valuable in today’s world. The wines were a bit rustic in the early days, but they have improved markedly in recent years. Braganti takes much of his inspiration from Burgundy and his wines often have a striking sense of transparency. The wines I tasted from cask, including a new Sangiovese, were insanely beautiful and point to a very bright future. Fans of classically-built wines will want to take note.
"The 2019 Trebbiano is one of the most distinctive wines in Tuscany, white or red. It marries textural intensity and minerality to a degree seldom seen. Proprietor Michele Braganti coaxes unreal richness from his vines. Dried flowers, sage, mint, tangerine peel and chamomile lend layers of nuance to this super-expressive, inviting Trebbiano from Monteraponi. Drinking window: 2021 - 2027" 94 points - Antonio Galloni (Vinous, September 2021)