|~ The Entrance to Monteraponi, Radda in Chianti ~|
Monteraponi; a tiny, forest enclosed monopole just outside the center of Radda and lovingly tended by “Il Uomo” – proprietor and winemaker Michele Braganti. There’s been lots written about Monteraponi on these pages and with good reason; the wines are pure, focused, traditional examples of Sangiovese.
When I visited Monteraponi in July of 2014, the subject of today’s article was still resting in barrel. I looked back on my notes and enjoyed the wine then and it’s interesting to note that it appears a carbon copy of that experience.
|~ Winemaker Michele Braganti has quite the nice bass ~|
The 2013 Chianti Classico is the most recent release from the estate. The wine is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo. International grapes aren’t seen at Monteraponi and as Michele is quick to remind; “Classcio” cannot be Classico, if it includes foreign grapes.
In the glass, this medium ruby wine has violet reflections. Aromatically, traditional all the way – and it smells like the air at Monteraponi. Soft pine, leaf tobacco and soft cherry fruit round out the aromas. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with a soft, elegant feel to the flavors of red berry, tobacco leaf, and autumn leaves. A dusty, mineral note laces the finish which has come to be the hallmark of Braganti’s wines. Not a bruiser and not a wine that needs any length of time in the cellar, but it’s bright and pleasant to drink right now. Retail in my area is around $26 and at that price, not the greatest QPR. 87 points.
|~ The tasty 2013 Monteraponi Chianti Classico. Watch for the release of Monteraponi’s single vineyard wines in 2013; Il Campitello and Baron Ugo Riserva ~|
November 9, 2015