Montevertine "Le Pergole Torte" - One of the best unloved Tuscan wines
I usually do not write about the more expensive wines even though I keep a few in my cellar for special occasions. I do not believe that price necessarily translates to quality. Pergole Torte Montevertine is the perfect example of this concept. The year the bottle hits the shelves it will be somewhere around $80-100 a bottle. Yes this is more than your everyday wine but it does not have the price of Sori Tildin. As time passes Pergole Torte, for the good years, increases in value. A 1990 just recently sold at 1,200 Euro. The interesting thing is that you will not find Pergole Torte as one of the top wine picks.
The reason is simple, Pergole Torte Montevertine is a wine made in the concept of balance with food. It is prepared using traditional processes. Transferring from one barrel to another is done with gravity, no pumps allowed. The medium toasted Slovenian Oak mature the wine for 18 months. This 100% Sangiovese is the exemplification of passion resulting in the highest quality of wines. Before 2000 Pergole Torte would have been in the top 100 wines year in and year out but with the forced flavors of today’s wines, it is considered just a good wine.
The trend is your friend. Let others follow the international ratings and buy the wines that explode in your mouth and are undrinkable with dinner. Only the most passionate about wine, food and balance will see your choice of wine as a celebration of your friendship. They will go away from your table content, as both the wine and the food will benefit from this union. Last year, to reduce inventories, a local retailer put Pergole Torte 97 on sale at 69$. We filled our cellar. The question we should also ask is, “given that this wine is not pimped by the wine industry, why does the price appreciate over time?”
Pergole Torte should not be opened until it is at least 6 years old. It comes into its own at about 10 years and will continue to mature and develop its complexity of flavors well through 20 years. Recently a bottle of 1982, that is 25 years, was opened and performed quite well for dinner. The value appreciates because this is a great wine, unique, rare and exceptional. You are paying for the true flavor and balance of this wine. If you have a cellar and can put this wine away, this is an opportunity to drink a several thousand dollar bottle of wine for 100$.
It should also be noted that this wine has been on the table at the meetings of the G7 and G8 held in Italy in recent years. Those who are in the know choose this wine for the most discerning of clients and friends. Pergole Torte Montevertine is elegance and finesse. It is the Armani or Valentino of wine, timeless, always at the top no matter what the tendency of the day may be.
It is the perfect companion for white and red meat roasts, fowl, wild game and aged cheeses.
Grape: Sangiovese 100%
Color: Brilliant Ruby Red.
Bouquet: Elegant distinct scents of Vanilla and Violets, less decisive Raspberry and Bing Cherries and a hint of cloves.
Taste: A bit dry but soft, consistent and encompassing. A great balance of tannins reveals a complex range of flavors and an unusually long finish. Mature summer fruits, particularly Bing Cherries.
Alcohol Content: Minimum 13.2 %
Serving Temperature: 16-18 c.
Decanting: at least ½ hour.
Pouring: Pour slowly with a 15-20 degree inclination.
Glass: Red wine glass or Balloon.
Aging: Do not drink before 6 years from the vintage. It will arrive at maturity around 10 years and will gracefully age 15+ years.
Notes: The vintages have been rated since 1971:
1984 no production
2002 No information
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