Over in Chianti Classico, the artisan traditionalists Monteraponi are trying to drag the region out of the commercial doldrums with some vivid, character Chiantis from the region’s highest vineyards in Radda.
Brunello di Montalcino is one of the great, historic names of Italian wine, rivalled only by the wines of Barolo and Chianti in global consciousness. Produced exclusively from Sangiovese Grosso, the warmer climate of Brunello di Montalcino allows for these thick-skinned clones of Sangiovese to fully ripen. The result are structured, powerful wines that can age gracefully for decades, showcasing the earthiness and herbal character of Sangiovese at its best. Some of the most famous producers in Italy, Poggio di Sotto and Le Ragnaie for example, have made their names known throughout the world through their vineyards on the slopes of Montalcino.
Sangiovese reigns as the most iconic grape variety in Tuscany, serving as the cornerstone for renowned wines like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Acclaimed for its high acidity and versatile character, the grape excels in the region's diverse soils and climate conditions. This adaptability allows Sangiovese to produce wines that are a true reflection of Tuscany's unique terroir, often revealing flavors of dark cherries, earth, and herbs.