Monteti is our flagship wine. It is named like the estate after the hill that protects our vineyard from the strong Mediterranean winds guaranteeing an ideal microclimate thanks to which our vines can benefit, protected, from sea proximity. It is a blend of Petit Verdot (with percentages varying depending on the vintage from 40 to 55%), Cabernet Franc (between 30 and 25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (between 15 and 20%). It matures for 18 months in medium-toasted French oak barriques, 70% of which are new. This is followed by further 2 years of bottle ageing before being released onto the market.
With Monteti we seek the personality of the Maremman territory subjected however to the complexity and elegance of a great wine. Petit Verdot is the personality, the rebel horse, Cabernet Sauvignon conveys structure and longevity and Cabernet Franc is the feminine element that embraces and softens both. With Monteti we seek a wine with a “reverse spoon” sensorial trend: with a gentle, attractive entry followed by a full expansion and a long finish.
Caburnio is our other, not second, wine. It is named after a spelling mistake in the transcription of a passage of the Natural History by Pliny the Elder, written between 23 and 79 AD, in which, in the illustration of winegrowing in Roman times in the province of Gallia Narbonensis, “vitis Caburnicam” appeared by mistake instead of “Narbonicam, Narbonensis”.
“In the last seven years, a vine which buds in a single day and is therefore very strong, has been introduced in Alba Helvia; it is called Caburnicam and is planted today all over the province.”
It is made of Cabernet Sauvignon (from 60 to 50% depending on the vintage), Alicante-Bouschet (30-20%) and Merlot (20-10%). For 12 months, 50% matures in steel and the other 50% matures in barriques and tonneaux made of medium-toasted French oak, only 25-30% of which are new. It then spends another 12 months in the bottle before being released for sale.
It is a complex yet fresh wine and it is very drinkable
The story of Tenuta Monteti began in 1998 when, after years of searching, Gemma and Paolo Baratta finally found this corner of Tuscany in the southern Maremma area where they could take up again a project from their youth. In this small valley, 15 km from the sea and 145m above sea level, the fields are protected by the Monteti hill from which the estate takes its name.
The challenge was big: here there was nothing, just grazing land and a ruined house and at that time the area was still unexplored as to high quality wine production. But Gemma and Paolo, backed up by Carlo Ferrini, consultant oenologist from the start, sensed the extraordinary potential of this land to give wines capable of combining personality with elegance.
Being able to start from scratch, without an old local tradition or the frame of a DOC classification, meant there was freedom to listen to the soil and the climate, and plant the varieties that would respond and express themselves to their best. Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Alicante Bouschet were chosen and in these archaic Mediterranean hills soon they found a very personal expression.
During the preparation of the land the diggers encountered some gigantic boulders. They were extracted very carefully and due to their monumental beauty they were placed along the alleys and between the vineyards to act as guardians. Naturally they have become the symbol of the Estate.
The winery was designed to work using the force of gravity throughout the production process and to apply a parcelled winemaking and ageing method in strict harmony with field diversity. Construction was completed in 2004 which was the year of the first produced vintage that was then released onto the market in 2007.
In 2010 their daughter Eva took over running the company assisted by her husband Javier Pedrazzini, who is sales manager and production supervisor. Today the work team is made up of: Roberto Rossi, agricultural manager since the beginning, Christian Coco who started as a trainee in 2007 then became managing oenologist in 2012 and 12 specialized women and men working in the field and in the winery. The consultant oenologist is still Carlo Ferrini.
Tenuta Monteti has increasingly focused its attention on respecting the environment in all aspects of the production process. In 2017 Caburnio and Monteti obtained the “Sustainable Wine” certificate as part of the V.I.V.A. “Sustainable Vitiviniculture” programme of the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.