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An ultra-rustic throwback style wine aged like an ancient Roman wine in clay vessels. Though making Chianti wines from 100% Sangiovese, Montesecondo is often denied the right to put the appellation on his labels because he refuses to conform to the norms and wants his grapes to speak for themselves. Biodynanically farmed, native fermentation, with 10 months of skin maceration in amphora. Able to be aged for a further 15 to 20 years, though readily drinkable now.
From the mouth of the importer (Louis/Dressner):
"I don't thing the DOC of Chianti Classico has necessarily helped the denomination. The story of my Rosso Toscano is quite interesting, because when I first made it in 2003 it was with Sangiovese from Chianti Classico vineyards and the chamber of commerce denied the authorization to bottle twice. The first time it didn't have enough color and the second time that it had too much color, which showed me that either way, they did not want that type of wine. They wanted a more traditional Chianti, which are usually blended with non indigenous grapes and marked by wood. Of course this makes them very tannic and much bigger wines. This was the standard that had been set. For me this is not what Sangiovese should or could be." - Silvio Messana, winemaker