Monte Antico Toscana IGT
It was the early 70s when Neil Empson, father of this wine, was sitting at the table with other Tuscan producers and had the idea of coining the term “supertuscan”. With this word, we identify red wines produced in Tuscany that do not, on purpose, respect the traditional rules of preparation of the region, but use other types of grapes, especially cabernet sauvignon, in addition to or instead of the traditional Sangiovese and therefore not they can be classified as DOCG products. With the help of master winemaker Franco Bernabei, they made a wine using
Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes used for the wines come from about 200 hectares (500
acres) under vine in Maremma, Colline Pisane and Colli Fiorentini, as well as a few areas in Chianti.
Most recent awards
- 2015 | James Suckling90/100
- 2013 | Wine Spectator88/100
85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Type of yeast:
25 °C (77 °F)
Length of maceration:
At least 10-20% of the French barrique is new, while the rest is second use. Slavonian barrels are 5-6 years old.
Type of oak:
80% Slavonian barrels, 20% barrique
Aging in bottle:
Maremma, Colline Pisane, Colli Fiorentini, Chianti
Calcareous clay, galestro
820-1,500 feet above sea level
60hL per hectare
Total yearly production (in bottles):
A Tuscan classic! Deep ruby red with garnet reflections, it boasts elegant aromas of leather, black cherry, licorice and plum. The palate is medium to full-bodied with flavors of ripe red fruit, goût de terroir, and subtle notes of vanilla and violet; silk texture with soft tannins, a firm backbone, the perfect integration between acidity and fruit, and a pleasant finish.
Best at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).
Wonderful with pasta, risotto, structured dishes, meat and cheese; extremely versatile and food-friendly.
Alcohol cont. 13% by volume; dry extract: 29.5 g/l; total acidity: 5.80 g/l; residual sugar: 2.85 g/l; pH: 3.36
Franco Bernabei and Neil Empson