2005 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo Toscana IGT (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

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IGT, Italy, Red Wine, Sangiovese, Tuscany


Has been open and corked in the cellar for a day. Completely translucent garnet red/orange hue color. Nose of spice, balsamico, dried herbs, rose petal and plum. More substantial on the palate than the color or nose would give away. Good plum and cherry on the palate with some tobacco and leather. This is a really light bodied wine that effectively has the body and funk of Barbaresco combined with the roundness of Tuscan Sangiovese. Finish is surprisingly long. I think to fully appreciate this wine, you can’t expect to drink “classically styled” Tuscan wine (like Brunello or Super Tuscans), but you have to have an open mind as to what Tuscan wine can be if its much different from the norm. This also means that the food pairings will need to be different in my opinion for this wine to work well. I imagine that rich meats like steak or game with rich sauce would clash, while simple pasta with butter and sage, or whole roasted duck or chicken ought to be a good match for example. Either way, I imagine that this isn’t for everyone, but it reminds me a little of Chateau Simone in Provence in terms of style. Will be interesting to see if age will add some extra dimensions to this wine…I lack the requisite experience to project what age may do.

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3 thoughts on “2005 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo Toscana IGT (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I enjoy reading your blog. One question…what benefit do you see in opening a bottle, recorking it, and let it sit for a day?

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  2. Often, I taste the wine on the first night and find that it needs time to flesh out. Rather than decanting and forcing a wine into submission, I have learned that recorking and leaving in the cellar until the next night usually allows the wine to slowly aerate and develop. In this case, the wine was really tight and light on night 1, and I thought it would be better to let it rest (I just drank something else that night but followed a small sample of the Montevertine in the glass concurrently to keep track of the develoment). I hope that explains.

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  3. Haven’t had the ’05 yet, but the ’04 needed time in the bottle, and time after opening to really enjoy and allow for the flavors to develop. I’ve heard the ’05 is better (’02 being my fav over the last few vintages) so I can’t wait to try it,

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