Salamartano, Fattoria Montellori
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Salamartano, Fattoria Montellori - 1998

Item # 13899 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Think of this as a baby Super Tuscan; a blend of Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Medium to full-boded with plenty of youthful red fruit notes, warm spices and even a black tea tannic finish. Drinking very well today.

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Staff Pick Notes

Tucked away in the Montalbano subzone in Chianti, the Montellori estate has been in the hands of Allessandro Nieri’s family for over 100 years. Allessandro’s father purchased the villa and surrounding grounds and began to upgrade the winery and planting vines in the 19th century. Currently in possession of six of the finest hillside vineyards in all of Tuscany, red wine reigns supreme as expected. One of their two Super Tuscans, the Salamartano is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that is typically aged in small barriques. This library release speaks with aromas of cranberry chutney, cassis, boysenberry, and plum, it drinks well with those dark fruit characteristics showing on the palate but intermingling with graphite and dark mocha while the acidity tames the meaty tannins for a distinctive experience.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


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