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Tenuta Nottola vineyards -- Montepulciano

TUSCANY

Andreucci

Located in Pienza in the heart of the Tuscan wine region, this small family winery has had a vineyard in the region for over 200 hundred years. The unique wine label honors the family’s legacy by including a copy of a bill of sale from Napoleon, who the Andreucci family supplied wine to. Today, Flavio Andreucci labors to produce the best quality wine combining modern technology, superb vines and a remarkable terroir.
 
Andreucci “Giobatta” Chianti Colli Senesi 
Grapes: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero
Viticulture: Alcohol: 13% vol. Appearance: Ruby with garnet edges.
Nose: Black cherry, orange peel and dried violets.
Palate: Cherry and plum skins with concentrated round fruit with fleshy texture and good tannins.
Pairing: Salumi, ragu, aged parmigiano-reggiano, grilled steak

Andreucci Chianti Riserva "Costavecchia"
Classified: DOCG
Grapes: Primarily Sangiovese
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Intense ruby red.
Nose: Sweet red fruits and wisteria.
Palate: Dry, sweet cherry, full and slightly tannic with good acidity.

Andreucci Chianti Riserva "Costavecchia" - Sales Sheet
Andreucci Chianti Riserva "Costavecchia" - Shelf Talker

Andreucci Regale Toscana Rosso
Grapes: Sangiovese, Cabernet, Merlot
Alcohol:  13.5% vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby
Nose: Vanilla, rose petals, ripe black berries
Palate: Dry, fruity and frankly, very persistent. Slightly tannic, with rich texture that confirms the thickness of the fruit gives way to hints of sweet spices and dried fruit.
Pairing: Wild boar ragu, salumi or mushroom risotto.
 


La Togata
La Togata is a small family company with vineyards in the south of Montalcino (Lavacchio, Montosoli and Pietrafocai) and wine cellars in the area of S. Angelo in Colle. La Togata is owned by the Angel family, a property of women: Stephania, Vanessa and Azzurra. The company is also run by Ms. Jeanneth Angel, master of wine, with the help of her husband, the lawyer Danilo Tonon. Every stage of production is personally followed with the maximum attention and dedication. The goal is not to produce a wine like many, but a wine that can be appreciated and one where you can feel all the love and passion that this small company puts every day into producing it. The vineyards are in the hills of Montalcino, at different heights and with a sun exposure until sunset.

La Togata Barengo Toscana Rosso 
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Soil: Tuffaceous clay, very rich in skeleton.
Viticulture: Ageing 6 months in Slavonian oak barrels of various sizes. Minimum 3 months ageing in bottle.
Alcohol: 13 % vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby
Nose: Vanilla, rose petals, ripe black berries
Palate: Rich and silky with notes of luscious dark cherry touting hints of tobacco and cedar box.
Pairing: Tagliolini with Pork Jowls and Wild Mushrooms, Steak, Lamb, Salumi, Carpino

La Togata Barengo Toscana Rosso -- Sales Sheet
La Togata Barengo Toscana Rosso -- Shelf Talkers

La Togata Azzummeta Toscana Rosso 

Grapes: Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot
Soil: Tuffaceous clay, very rich in skeleton.
Viticulture: Wood ageing for 18 months in small French oak barrels (barriques). At least 6 months ageing in bottle.
Alcohol: 13.5 % vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby with purple hues
Nose: Macerated cherries, plums, vanilla with hints of forest
Palate: Cherries, plums, currants layered with tobacco and cedar box.
Pairing: Carpaccio, Saffron Spaghetti Bolognese, Braised Pork Belly, Grana Padano

La Togata Azzummeta Toscana Rosso -- Sales Sheet
La Togata Azzummeta Toscana Rosso -- Shelf Talker

La Togata Brunello di Montalcino DOCG  

Grapes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
Soil: Tuffaceous clay, very rich in skeleton.
Alcohol: 14.5 % vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby
Nose: Vanilla, rose petals, ripe black berries
Palate: Rich and silky with notes of luscious dark cherry layered with liqueur notes. Elegant, very complex, stony, earthy.
Pairing: Wild boar ragu, salumi, Pecorino Toscano mushroom risotto.

La Togata Brunello di Montalcino DOCG -- Sales Sheet
La Togata Brunello di Montalcino DOCG -- Shelf Talker


Montecchiesi
Tenuta Montecchiesi is the second domaine for the Dal Cero family. The Cortona location has belonged to the family since 1980, when the brothers Giuseppe and Dario, attracted by Tuscany’s charm, decided to undertake this new adventure. In places where great part of the vineyards were uprooted, confident in a market in evolution and convinced of the wine-growing potential of the area, they decided to plant new varieties of vineyards in addition to the existing Sangiovese

Tenuta Montecchiesi Sangiovese
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Viniculture: Grapes are hand harvested the third week of September. Grapes are vinified in stainless steel tanks for three months, and then are rested for at least 45 days in bottle.
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Appearance: Bright ruby red
Nose: Bouquet of red fruit (especially cherry & raspberry) with hints of spice.
Palate: Delicate, balanced, and light in body. This wine is refreshing & elegant.

Tenuta Montecchiesi IGT Sangiovese - Info Sheet
Tenuta Montecchiesi IGT Sangiovese - Shelf Talker

Tenuta Montecchiesi Preziosaterra Rosso Toscano
Grapes: 55% Sangiovese, 45% Syrah
Viticulture: Traditional manual harvesting.
Viniculture: Grapes macerate for 18 days then mature in French oak
barrique for 5 months plus an additional 6 months in the bottle.
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red color.
Nose: Prunes, cherries and a little spice.
Palate: Soft, round with medium body.

Tenuta Montecchiesi Preziosaterra Rosso Toscano - Info Sheet
Tenuta Montecchiesi Preziosaterra Rosso Toscano - Shelf Talker


Nottola
Located in the picturesque countryside of Montepulciano, Azienda Agricola Nottola was founded in 1992 as the realization of Cavaliere Anterivo Giornarelli’s vision; a winery that produces only the highest quality wines. Giornarelli placed Riccardo Cotarella in charge of the estate’s wine production. Cotarella works alongside wine technician Francesco Bozza, who is responsible for the estate’s agronomical affairs.  International recognition quickly followed with the introduction of Nottola’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine, earning Nottola’s reputation as one of the top wine producers in Montepulciano.
 

Nottola Chianti dei Colli Senesi
Classified: DOCG.
Grapes: Primarily Sangiovese: 80% Prugnolo, 20% other red varieties
Viniculture: Vines grown along the hillsides in clay-rich soil.  After fermentation with traditional maceration, the wine is aged in stainless steel for 6 months
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Intense red ruby hue.
Nose: Aromatic bouquet of raspberry & mixed red berry fruits
Palate: Dry & elegant on the palate, pairs perfectly with cured meats.

Nottola Chianti dei Colli Senesi - Info Sheet
Nottola Chianti dei Colli Senesi - Shelf Talker

Nottola Rosso di Montepulciano
Classified: DOC
Grapes: 80% Prugnolo Gentile, 15% Cannaiolo, 5% Mammolo.
Viniculture: Harvested during the first part of October, the vines grow from clay – limestone soil.  The grape varieties are vinified separately in steel, after maceration they are aged for 6 months in Slovenian oak barrels.
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Intense red ruby hue.
Nose: Aromas of dark berry fruits with hints of violet.
Palate: A smooth body with elegant notes of dark fruits harmoniously balanced with soft tannins.

Nottola Rosso di Montepulciano - Info Sheet
Nottola Rosso di Montepulciano - Shelf Talker


Nottola Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Classified: DOCG
Grapes: 80% Prugnolo Gentile, 15% Cannaiolo, 5% Mammolo.
Viniculture: Harvested during the first part of October, the vines grow from clay – limestone soil.  The grape varieties are vinified separately in stainless steel tanks, then aged for 2 years in Slovenian oak barrels & then for one year in bottle before release.
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Intense red ruby hue.
Nose: Beautiful aromas of plummy dark fruits, blackberry & raspberry with a hint of spice.
Palate: A full & robust body that is smooth & velvety.  Very well balanced with dark rich fruit notes, spice & firm tannins, it pairs ideally with red meats, game & aged cheeses.

Nottola Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - Info Sheet
Nottola Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - Shelf Talker
 
Nottola Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva
Classifed: DOCG
Grapes: 80% Prugnolo Gentile, 20% other red varetials.
Viniculture: Grape varietals are vinified separately in steel tanks
with maceration between 15-20 days. Aged minimum of 36 months in Slovenian oak barrels and barriques then additional 6 months in the bottle.
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Intense ruby red with garnet tints.
Nose: Full-bodied aromas that have hints of ripe fruit, splashes of spices, coffee and touches of violet.
Palate: Rich taste and well-balanced with a dose of elegant tannins that linger.

Nottola Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva - Info Sheet

Nottola Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva - Shelf Talker 

Nottola Anterivo Super Tuscan
Grapes: 50% Prugnolo Gentile, 50% Merlot
Viniculture: Aged 12 months in French oak barrique, then an additional 6 months in the bottle.
Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red color.
Nose: Vanilla, red fruits and sweet spices.
Palate: Round, soft fruit with complex tannins.

Nottola Anterivo SuperTuscan - Info Sheet

Nottola Anterivo SuperTuscan - Shelf Talker 


Scopone
Scopone is the original name of the property, which was so named by the locals. During World War II, Scopone became a shelter for the displaced, and even today the elders of the town of Montalcino fondly remember the place that hosted them in one of the darkest moments in the history of their country. After the war, there were several owners until 1992, when the family Genazzani, looking for a country house in Tuscany, acquired the farm and its land.  Even today the company is managed with love and passion from the family, first and foremost by Theresia, assisted by her husband Andrea and their children Vanni, David, Nurit and Sarah.

Scopone Rosso di Montalcino  
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
Alcohol: 13 % vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby
Nose: Vanilla, rose petals, ripe black berries
Palate: Rich and silky with notes of luscious dark cherry fruit.
Pairing: Wild boar ragu, salumi or mushroom risotto.

Scopone Rosso di Montalcino - Info Sheet
Scopone Rosso di Montalcino - Shelf Talker

Scopone Brunello di Montalcino  
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
Alcohol: 13 % vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby
Nose: Vanilla, rose petals, ripe black berries
Palate: Rich and silky with notes of luscious dark cherry fruit.
Pairing: Wild boar ragu, salumi or mushroom risotto.

Scopone Brunello di Montalcino - Info Sheet

Scopone Brunello di Montalcino - Shelf Talker


 


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