~ Cantina Andanti ~

The Adanti farm is one of the historic estates in Montefalco.  Covering approximately 40 hectares of land, of which 30  are planted to vineyards and the remaining 10 to olive groves, the winery was founded in 1960 by Domenico Adanti who had purchased the Villa Arquata which sits on ruins from the Roman Empire.  
Today the estate is owned and run by Pietro, Daniela and Donatella Adanti who strive to produce indigenous wine and olive oil with the utmost respect for the Montefalco territory and its ancient traditions.  Despite having only 30 hectares devoted to wine, the estate produces 10 different bottlings: 7 reds, 2 whites and a rose.   Today’s review features the 2009 Montefalco Rosso. 

First produced in 1979,  Adanti’s Montefalco Rosso might be one of the zones more unique bottlings given the sheer number of varietals used in the wine.   A blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 5% each of Barbera, Cabernet and Merlot this rosso is vinified in stainless steel and then barrel aged in Slavonian cask for 12 months.  It is then bottled unfiltered and aged 6 months before release. 

The 2009 is a dark violet trending to ruby and has wonderfully rich aromas of wild berries, flowers, smoke and dried sweet pipe tobacco. Very compelling.  On the palate the wine is forward and ripe without being overly jammy.  The ripeness of the vintage shows through, however, the inclusion of the Barbera provides an additional acid “lift” that helps keep things fresh.  Berries, wild herbs and a touch of vanilla round out the flavors in this medium bodied wine.  There’s a hint of spice on the medium finish and a sense of plushness that likely is contributed by the Merlot. 

There’s nothing to complain about here and along with the other Montefalco Rosso I’ve reviewed, this is a worthy addition to your mid-term drinking lineup.  90 points, about $16.
~ The 2009 Adanti Montefalco Rosso ~


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