The Montefioralle winery has a long, rich history. However, it’s not nearly as long as the hamlet that gives the winery its name. Documents first reference the fortified abbey of Montefioralle as early as the year 1085. With Florence and Siena constantly warring, various reinforcements including trenches, walls and guard towers were added.
Today, not unlike the village of Volpaia, the small hamlet looks far less ominous and is home to about 100 people. Situated on a hillside nearest to Greve in Chianti, the vineyards of Montefioralle rise along the southern slopes of the village and sit about 4oo meters above sea level.
The Montefioralle vineyards are rare for Chianti Classico. Covering only 4 hectares, they are uniquely rich in limestone which imparts a silky, dusty texture to their wines. The estate has received a Certified Organic designation beginning with the 2018 vintage. Owned and run by the Sieni family since 1964, the vineyards were originally curated by the hamlet’s church. When the church’s Priest died in 1990, the family acquired the vineyards which now form the core of the estate. Today, the average age of the vines range between 20-40 years old. However, for the Riserva wine, the vineyard plot is closer to 35 years of age.
The 2016 Montefioralle Chianti Classico Riserva is a brilliant deep violet color. Immediately the taster is greeted by intense aromas of crushed cherry, powdered baking spices, tobacco leaf and fresh sage. Savory and juicy on the palate, the core of fruit flavor is laced with a dusty, shale like texture. Ripe flavors of cherry, tobacco and cured meats round out the package of this finesse driven Riserva. 92 points. About $26 Euro. Available from VDLT Selections or directly from the winery. Find this wine.
While researching this winery, I found an interesting tool that they provide on their website. Each wine produced in every vintage comes with a graph depicting the aging arc of the wine. I copied the 2016 Riserva chart below as an example.