Canneto 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

£13.95
Tasting notes
Robust and full of fruit requiring decanting an hour or so to open up. Perfect with red meat dishes of all types, pizza and hard cheeses

Why we recommend this wine
We holidayed in the area many years ago and, unlike many holiday wines that don’t work at home, the wines of Montepulciano have always been a favourite of ours and this is no exception. This wine rounds out our fabulous collection of Tuscan Sangiovese wines – a Brunello (click here), a Chianti Classico (click here) and a Montepulciano.

The wine
A blend of Sangiovese 90%, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon making up the balance. 16 hectares of 20 year old vines on South-West facing slopes, 300/400 meters above sea level, are used for this wine. The bunches are hand selected and then the grapes are de-stemmed, soft pressed and subsequently fermented in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature with the addition of selected yeasts. The maceration lasts 16 days. Ageing takes place in 5 hl French barrels for 12 months, followed by at least 6 months of bottle ageing.

The wine estate
During the mid-70s a few friends from the Zurich area, with a common passion for wine, began to regularly import “table wine” from Montepulciano. With time, the number of enthusiasts grew and the friends felt the desire to own their own wine estate. In 1987 the opportunity arose: a wine estate in Montepulciano. Canneto AG, the founding company established in Zurich, took over the Azienda Agricola Canneto in Montepulciano. Canneto wine estate is situated on the western side of Montepulciano, near the splendid church of San Biagio and has a long wine-making tradition. Having purchased it, the new owners renovated the buildings respecting their original purpose, building a new cellar, buying machinery and equipment, taking care of and renewing the vineyards and olive trees. The farm consists of 48 hectares, 30 of which are under vine. A further 4 hectares are planted with olive trees to produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Careful vinification, the choice of the vineyard location, the bottling, are some of the aspects which receive their utmost care and attention. “Every year we try to do better.”
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Food and wine
Vino Nobile is a robust wine which is best appreciated with red meat, grills, stews and game. Excellent with Pienza pecorino cheese and all ripe cheeses, it also goes well with vegetarian dishes including eggplant or radicchio. It is perfect with fillet steak with mushrooms. The bottle should be opened a couple of hours before drinking. To be served at a temperature between 16 and 18° Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here.

Did you know?
The Tuscan hilltop towns Montepulciano, Montalcino and Pienza are in sight of each other – the first two have the wine (Sangiovese) and the last the cheese (Pecorino).