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Monteraponi Colli della Toscana Centrale Rosato 2021

$32.00

Made of Sangiovese and Merlot fermented in barrique and bottled early in the spring, this brilliant pink rosé is redolent of raspberry and strawberry, balanced with varietally typical fresh acidity. Excellent table wine, and not just in warm weather; drink with salmon, roast chicken, or many pasta dishes.

Monteraponi takes it name from the mountain on which it sits. At an average of 470 meters the vineyard dominates the Arbia Valley. These may be the most inspiring pure Chianti wines we’ve come across since Felsina. Yes, a shout out to another portfolio… Grapes here are farmed organically, high elevation, indigenous yeasts, cement tanks and large cask.

Monteraponi is more than just a winery, it’s an ancient medieval village just outside of the heart of Radda, built around three towers dating back to the 10th century. The entire property extends over an area of two hundred hectares set in a natural amphitheater, which is exposed to the south and sheltered from the north winds. Of those two hundred hectares only twelve are planted to vineyards. Another eight hectares are olive trees and the remaining land is covered with towering, ancient oak and chestnut trees. If that sounds like paradise, it’s because it is.

The land has been in current owner, Michele Braganti’s, family since the early 1970s but his father did commercialize his wines. Michele revived the winery in the early 2000s after falling in love with Radda’s ability to create world class Sangiovese. (See: Montevertine.)

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