Tenuta Montebello was founded by trucking magnate Louie Tolaini in 1999. TransX Group is the largest food freight companies in Canada and one of the largest in the North America. Struck by the beauty of the amphitheater shaped vineyard and the rich history of the Etruscan site outside of Siena, Tolaini began a multi-million dollar renovation. No expense was spared. The results are evidenced in the bottles of special Sangiovese and blended wines that are the envy of his prestigious neighbors. These wines consistently rate 90 and above. Due to limited production and distribution the wines are a rare find indeed.
Blend: 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 18 months in new French oak
Winemaker Tasting notes: Rich, concentrated and muscular, yet wonderfully balanced with big tannins and deep tiers of cherry, plums and wild berries, and nuances of spice, vanilla and licorice. A long flavorful aftertaste echoes with juicy fruit and mouthwatering tannins for minutes afterwards. Sensual and young, this wine promises a long life in the bottle. Note: Some sediment may occur in the bottom of the bottle as the wine is not filtered.
A wine with structure and depth. Very racy and beautiful with lots of currant, berry and chocolate aromas. Full body. Fresh and clean. A blend of 65% merlot and 35% cabernet franc. Drink now or hold. ~93JS
Tolaini's 2011 Picconero is once again impressive. Dark, sumptuous and radiant, the 2011 races across the palate with intense dark fruit, mocha, spices, new leather and menthol. Drink this flamboyant Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend over the next handful of years. ~93VM
Harmonious, complex and just beginning to hit its stride, this red features black cherry, black currant, violet, toast and mineral aromas and flavors that permeate the smooth texture, unfolding in layers to a long, fruit-, mineral- and spice-infused aftertaste. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028. 1,700 cases made. ~93WS
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