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Monte Antico

Monte Antico

MONTE ANTICO Toscana IGT: The blend, albeit varying slightly depending on vintage conditions, is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.
The best selections are blended and aged 1 year in oak: 80% of this is in Slavonian barrels, 20% in barrique; 10-20% of the barriques, all French oak, are new, while the rest is 2nd year; barrels are 5-6 years old. 
In Franco’s words, “The larger barrel is conducive to slow ageing and maintains fruit, finesse and elegance.  Barriques (and smaller casks in general) are conducive to complexity and structure, as well as to that light, toasted and vanilla nuance which, blended into the mass of barrel-aged wine, creates floral fusion integrated by a subtle spicy tone, without compromising the floral character of the major variety, Sangiovese.” 
Oak élevage is followed by lengthy fine-tuning in bottle: from the 2009 vintage onwards, this has been increased even further, to at least 1 year in bottle before release.  The result is a graceful balance of voluptuous berry tones and flexible yet sturdy backbone. 

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Cellar-worthy, best after 3 years from release
1,200,000 bottles
Franco Bernabei with Neil Empson
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Deep ruby color with garnet reflections, its elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, licorice and plums preludes a medium to full-bodied palate where ripe red fruit, goût de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violets harmonize and linger, interlacin
Best served at 16-18° C (60.8-64.4° F), to match pasta, risotto, structured dishes, meat, cheese; extremely versatile and food-friendly.
Alcohol cont. by volume: 12.90%; total acidity (in tartaric acid): 5.80 g/l; free acidity (in acetic acid): 0.50 g/l; residual sugar: 2.85 g/l; total dry extract: 29.5 g/l; pH: 3.36.
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