Montepeloso‘s talented and old-school proprietor Fabio Chiarelotto is a leader of the “Tuscan New Wave” of winemaking for his amazing, off-the-beaten-path wines. Working in one of the hottest regions of Tuscany is both a gift and a curse: a unique sea-sloped, petrified clay dominated terroir comes at the cost of massive effort to maintain his vines. But its been worth it. Chiarelotto’s small collection of vibrant, refined reds has been wowing critics for close to a decade now. We find the ‘Eneo’ to be right in the sweetspot of his catalog. A massive step up from a table wine, the Eneo simply blows away most red wines in its price range. And we have two vintages available: the “sensual” 95 point 2009 and the “dazzling” 96 point 2010! The 2009 is drinking perfectly already whereas the 2010 will reward slightly more time in your cellar. But make no mistake, both of these wines will be wonderful for decades to come. Quantities are limited to 6 bottles of each wine per customer.
2009 Montepeloso Eneo – sale price $44.99 – Buy Here
Robert Parker: 95 points
The 2009 Eneo is impressive for its sensual personality and overall finesse. Dark red cherries, flowers, licorice, tobacco and flowers all come together beautifully in the glass as this refined, elegant wine shows off its pedigree. Layers of flavor build to the textured, suave finish. This Sangiovese-based red has maintained considerable freshness and vibrancy. Sweet floral and spiced notes linger on the understated finish. The blend is 45% Sangiovese, 35% Montepulciano, 15% Marselan and 5% Alicante Bouschet. Anticipated maturity 2014-2029.
2010 Montepeloso Eneo – sale price $44.99 – Buy Here
Antonio Galloni: 96 points
One of the great wines of this vintage, the 2010 Eneo is dazzling. Subtle hints of earthiness, new leather, smoke, bacon fat, tobacco and savory herbs meld into a core of expressive dark red/black fruit. Nuanced and delicate, yet immensely powerful, the 2010 Eneo has it all. The 2010 keeps getting better and better in the glass. I imagine it will be spectacular in another few years. Actually, it already is. Eneo is the largest production of Montepeloso’s three top reds, which will make it easier to find. Readers will not want to miss the superb wine. Montepulciano and Sangiovese are the core of Eneo, while dollops of Alicante and Marsellan round out the blend.