2015 Monteraponi Baron'Ugo Toscana Rosso (750ml)

2015 Monteraponi Baron'Ugo Toscana Rosso (750ml)

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Monteraponi is an ancient medieval village of Radda. Their vineyards are at an altitude of 1,300-1,600+ feet above sea level. The entire property extends over an area of two hundred hectares set in a natural amphitheater with only twelve planted to vines. They plant only indigenous varieties. The wines are made in a very natural way, aged in large oak, and are neither fined nor filtered. These are thoughtfully made, distinctive wines and some of the best examples of Chianti Classico.

"The Baron’ Ugo bottling is actually a Chianti Classico Riserva, just like the Il Campitello, but in the 2012 vintage, the wine ended up very light in color and only 12.5 percent alcohol so was not grant the Chianti DOCG status. So they decided to bottle it as a Rosso Toscano IGT (in a Burgundy-shaped bottle) and has continued to do the same since 2012. The wine is made from forty-plus year-old vines, in a vineyard with a soil base of marl, limestone and clay and is composed of the same blend as the Chianti Riserva here (ninety percent Sangiovese, seven percent Canaiolo and three percent Colorino). The wine is initially treated the same in the cellars as the Il Campitello, with fermentation in cement vats with indigenous yeasts, a forty-five day maceration, but then aged in three thousand liter oak botti for three years prior to bottling." - John Gilman (View From the Cellar)

"The wine is superb aromatically in 2015, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of cherries, red plums, roasted pigeon, fresh oregano, lovely spic tones, a touch of orange peel, an excellent base of soil, cedar and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and utterly refined in profile, with a full-bodied and transparent personality, a lovely core of red fruit, excellent mineral drive, tangy acids and a long, suavely tannic and complex finish. This is quite different in personality than the Il Campitello, as this is more mineral, tangy and transparent in personality, but it too is an absolutely classic example of first class Chianti! (Drink between 2020-2040)" 94 points - John Gilman (View From the Cellar, July/August 2020)

"Made in high-altitude vineyards, this fragrant red is fresher than most of the region's wines from the hot 2015 vintage. It opens with enticing aromas of red berry, pressed rose, pipe tobacco, wild herb and underbrush while the radiant, linear palate delivers sour cherry, red currant, star anise and white pepper. Bright acidity and taut, fine-grained provide balance and support. It's still youthfully austere but will age beautifully. Drink 2022–2035." 95 points / Cellar Selection - Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast, May 2020)