2015 Montesecondo "Rosso del Rospo" Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml

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A rustic, bold, tannic and full red from a biodynamic producer in Tuscany. A natural Italian Cabernet Sauvignon is wine without a built-in following, but it is remarkable how widely appealing it can when drank with a robust meal. Montesecondo is known for making stunning Sangiovese wines in a very old school style and experimenting with amphora fermentation, and though this is a Bordeaux variety the winery is still showing its trademark rusticity. Not pesticides in the farming, no additives in the cellar, native yeasts for fermentation in concrete and bottled unfiltered.

From the mouth of the distributor (David Bowler):

"Silvio worked in the wine business in New York until he moved back to Italy in the 1990's to take over his family farm, Montesecondo, in the village of Cerbaia in the Chianti region of Tuscany. Silvio's father purchased the property back in 1963; besides olive groves and forest, there were vineyards whose fruit was sold to the local co-op. Silvio bottled the estate's first wine in 2000 from their vineyards of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot; they are being replanted over time with massale selection vines. Silvio used chemicals in the vineyard at first but could feel the toxic effects on his body and had converted the farm to organic by 2003; that same year, inspired by a seminar with Savennières's biodynamic icon Nicolas Joly, he began the conversion to biodynamics. Silvio saw a nearly-immediate and marked difference in the balance of his vines and wines; as a result, he stopped selling off any portion of his family fruit in bulk in the 2005 vintage."

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