2011 Montepeloso A Quo Toscana IGT

Hello friends. One of the great joys of Full Pull’s expansion into imported wines has been our exploration of the Tuscan renaissance. Most of our offers to date have been focused on the interior regions – Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano – but today let’s drive east until we hit the coast, within spitting distance of Napoleon’s island exile Elba. Today let’s drive until we reach the town of Suvereto, and the hillside vineyards of Montepeloso (located here).

We were offered a sweet price drop if we took the entire remaining parcel of the 2011 vintage in Seattle, a wine that began its life with a $24 tag. Once I tasted the wine, the decision was an easy one, and as you can see, our tariff is the lowest I could find on the west coast and just about on par with the lowest in the country.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 90pts.”

Other than replacing “literally” with “figuratively” (I’ve yet to see a rose petal take corporeal form and leap out of a wine glass), I agree completely with Galloni’s note. He’s an exacting critic, and a 90pt review for a wine we can sell in the teens is a fine review indeed. I think his drinking window is spot-on, too. This puppy is in the early stages of its peak and should continue to drink beautifully for the next five years. It’s earthy and savory, full of spicy tomato paste and raspberry, angostura bitters and brewed coffee. The 14.5% listed alc is just about right for a warm region in a warm year, and this does have plenty of plush fruit, but terrific balancing acidity to keep things vibrant. It’s a blend of Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Marselan, Alicante Bouschet, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is a hearty, seductive winter red.

In Galloni’s recent (Sept 2014) review of the Tuscan coast, he wrote the following on Montepeloso: “[TEXT WITHHELD].”

Chiarellotto is a Swiss native who has been on a mission since purchasing Montepeloso in the late ‘90s to completely rehabilitate the vineyards and the winemaking. As Galloni’s prose indicates, this is a Tuscan winery on the rise, but still flying a bit under the radar. Perfect timing. Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests (note: if this one turns popular, allocations are likely to be closer to the 3-6 bottle range; our stash isn’t all that large). The wine is in the warehouse and ready for immediate pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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