Monte Antico Supremus Toscano 2016 - Tuscany, Italy
This is great……and here’s why!94/100 James Suckling
Decanter World Wine Awards
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2015 Vintage)
Wine Spectator "Wine of the Week" (2009 Vintage)
James Suckling “"One of the finest wines they have made...Wonderfully silky and juicy with an abundance of freshly crushed berries. Very fine. Pretty aromas of rosehip, pomegranate, raspberry, blueberry, orange zest and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, fine tannins...”
Decanter “...Juicy and succulent...Ripe nose with a touch of pepper, very floral with cassis and spicy oak.”
Wine.com "Extremely intense, persistent bouquet showing elegant nuances of violets, red berries, cherry and toasted vanilla as well as balsamic, leather and mineral notes and hints of chocolate, black pepper and cinnamon. This exquisite range of aromas is confirmed on the full, rich palate laced with velvety tannins and long, lingering finish."
Wine Spectator Wine of the Week "Bright plum, dried cherry and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and refined berry and cherry flavors." (2009 vintage)
Wine Spectator "Heads-Up Value from Tuscany. Fantastico!" (2006 vintage)
Kerin O'Keefe "Black-skinned berry, underbrush and leather aromas emerge from the glass. The polished palate features dried black cherry, ground black pepper and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2028." (2015 Vintage)
Wine Spectator "Cherry, strawberry, tobacco, white pepper and earth flavors turn to spice on the compact finish. A light dusting of tannins completes the profile. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2019." (2012 Vintage)
James Suckling "I came across an incredible value in my office in Tuscany today.....I found some excellent wines. But what was the most impressive for the money was the Monte Antico....." (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. 75% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon