Monte Antico Rossa Toscano - Tuscany, Italy
Monte Antico Rossa Toscano - Tuscany, Italy

Monte Antico Rossa Toscano 2016 - Tuscany, Italy

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This is great……and here’s why!
90/100 James Suckling
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards
Wine Enthusiast - #61 Top 100 Best Buys of 2021
Wine Enthusiast - Top 100 Best Buys of 2009
90/100 James Suckling (2015 vintage)
91/100 James Suckling (2014 vintage)
90/100 James Suckling (2013 vintage)

James Suckling “A medium-bodied red with aromas and flavours of cherries, fresh herbs, citrus zest and red tea. Soft tannins and a fruity finish.”

Decanter “Smoky nose with bramble aromas and green tea notes. Plummy fruit on the palate, lively.”

Kerin O'Keefe "Made with Sangiovese and drops of Cabernet and Merlot, this has aromas of dark-skinned fruit, underbrush and baking spice. The medium-bodied palate shows ripe black plum, tangerine zest and sage alongside smooth tannins."

Luca Maroni "Very good to excellent wine"

Wine Italy "... in the style of the best “super Tuscan”. Intense ruby ​​red to the eye, on the nose there are hints of red fruit, plums, licorice and violets, followed by more complex notes of leather and vanilla. In the mouth it enters elegant and round, offering a long and corresponding sip."

James Suckling "This is one of the best value Italian reds on the market.." (2012 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Bright plum, dried cherry and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and refined berry and cherry flavors. Drink now." (2006 vintage)

Monte Antico is owned by internationally acclaimed wine entrepreneurs, Neil and Maria Empson, who launched the winery with the maestro of Italian winemakers, Franco Bernabei. Dedicated to producing Super Tuscans, together they have received much praise for their wines by the likes of Robert Parker (“one of Italy’s better values”), Wine Spectator (“Delicious”; “Best Value”), the Washington Post (“This wine keeps getting better with every vintage”). The initial home of the Estate was famous Maremma. The Estate has since expanded to about 50 of Tuscany’s best vineyard sites in Maremma (Scansano, particularly for the Merlot and Cabernet) and in Colline Pisane and Colli Fiorentini, as well as the most recent additions, a few areas in Chianti. Monte Antico is known for its makers’ loyalty to toscanità, terroir and tradition and for consistently maintaining its original quality standards and its wines' accessible price.

Tuscany is Italy's third most planted region (behind Sicily and Apulia) but it is eighth in terms of output, reflecting both the poor soil of Tuscany and deliberate efforts to limit yields and increase the quality in the wine. After Piedmont and the Veneto, Tuscany produces the third-highest volume of DOC/DOCG wines. More than 80% of the regions' production is in red wine, with the Sangiovese grape being Tuscany's' most prominent grape. Trebbiano is the leading white variety of the region.

The history of viticulture in Tuscany dates back to the Etruscans in the 8th century BC. From the fall of the Roman Empire and throughout the Middle Ages, monasteries were the main purveyors of wines in the region. As the aristocratic and merchant classes emerged, they inherited the share-cropping system of agriculture known as mezzadria. Many Tuscan landowners would turn their half of the grape harvest into wine that would be sold to merchants in Florence. Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Tuscany returned to the rule of the Habsburgs. Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Super Tuscan are Tuscany’s best known wines.

Cabernet – Merlot – Sangiovese is the composition of many of the so-called "Super Tuscan" wines of central Italy. The blend can be made to any number of variations, but the combination typically draws on the power and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon, the sweet, juicy fruit flavors of Merlot and the rustic, sour-cherry tang of Sangiovese. Sangiovese is the defining grape in the blend and gives the wine a distinctively Italian accent. 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot