Chianti Classico, Montesecondo
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Chianti Classico, Montesecondo - 2020

Item # 13870 750mL
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Red
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Classico
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

Montesecondo is the name of the estate and the original family vineyard which is located in heavier clay soils at a lower altitude in the town of Cerbaia. The grapes were hand-harvested and mostly destemmed however 30% whole cluster fruit was added to the tank before pressing and put into concrete tanks. Fermented spontaneously.


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Staff Pick Notes

If you discover that there is a beautiful, sun-drenched land in Tuscany once cared for by your parents, you, like Silvio Messana might consider moving from New York to start something exciting. The original family vineyard is located in heavy clay soils at a lower-altitude in the town of Cerbaia. Messana developed a love of wine and a passion for winemaking, eventually moving to Tuscany. The first vintage that he bottled was in 2000. This 2018 vintage of Chianti Classico is a very food-friendly wine with notes of sour cherries and lots of leather and tobacco. The Sangiovese grape really shines in the glass.

- DK

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