Established in Italy’s mountainous Campania region during 1991 by Silvia Imparato, the Montevetrano estate was created using an unorthodox combination of Bordeaux varietals along with Campania’s native Aglianico. Montevetrano offers a delectable combination of Aglianico’s savoury intensity alongside the suave, fruit driven profiles of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The latter two grapes had already proven to be successful on the Tuscan coast for the likes of Sassicaia and Ornellaia, but had yet to make waves elsewhere in Italy.
Those initial vintages were sent to Robert Parker who confirmed the success of Imparato’s Montevetrano project, calling the wine “The Sassicaia of the South“.
While Campania is located much further south than its Tuscan counterparts, it still benefits from the climate mitigating effects of the Mediterranean, making the region ideal for crafting full-bodied red wines. This area of Campania experiences long days of sunshine without searing heat, preserving the natural acidity of the grapes and providing balance to the rich fruit flavours. Montevetrano’s flagship wine is typically a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Aglianico and 20% Merlot depending on the vintage.
The vineyard covers 27 acres, nestled in between steep hills on a gentle south-facing slope. The gravel soils create an ideal environment for growing grapes, allowing excellent drainage and forcing the vines to dig deep to find water and nutrients. Montevetrano retains clear markers of the local terroir and its native grape. This combination results in a wine that is both lush and concentrated yet also exceptionally fine and complex. Aged 12 months in new oak barriques.
Click HERE to watch a lovely video capturing a day in the life of the Montevetrano winery and vineyard.
The latest vintage, 2018, is true to form, with James Suckling describing “full-bodied with layers of fruit and a long, flavorful finish…..Such finesse with strength. Really impressive” and awarding a brilliant 97 points.
At just £185 (6×75) IB, this wine offers fantastic bang-for-your-buck, especially when you consider the equal scoring (JS) Sassicaia 2018 is £1050 (6×75) at today’s market rate.
Just approaching its drinking window now, this Montevetrano will happily cellar until at least 2035.
This is not one to miss!
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Colli di Salerno 2018
£185 per case 6x75cl IB
£68 per case 1x150cl IB
James Suckling / 97 Points:
A red with plum and cherry character with hints of bark, mushroom and clove. It’s full-bodied with layers of fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Needs time to soften, but structured and beautiful. Such finesse with strength. Really impressive. Try after 2022.
Also available in stock from Montevetrano:
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Campania Bianco IGT Core 2017 @ £80/6x75cl – 90 WA
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Campania Rosso IGT Core 2015 @ £85/6x75cl – 94 JS
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Campania Rosso IGT Core 2016 @ £80/6x75cl – 94 JS
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Colli di Salerno 2001 – £295/6x75cl – 95 WA
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Colli di Salerno 2004 – £50/75cl – 95 WA
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Colli di Salerno 2010 – £80/1x150cl – 96 WA
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Colli di Salerno 2016 – £75/1x150cl – 98 JS
Montevetrano di Silvia Imparato Colli di Salerno 2017 – £180/6x75cl – 95 VN, 96 JS
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