I am not sure if I find more great wines randomly or by recommendation?  Case in point, Monteraponi.  I have been discovering some hidden gems in unexpected places as of late.  These wonderful discoveries have yielded a few life altering wines like Monteraponi.  The 2008 Monteraponi Chianti Classico Riserva is one of the best bottles of wine from Tuscany I have yet encountered.  How’s that for an endorsement.  I liken it to something along the lines of Felsina; utterly classic and unadulterated and capable of surprising elegance.  It all starts with a blend of Sangionvese, Canaiolo, and Colorino; no international varieties here thank you.  The wine is raised in 30hl Slovanian oak barrels for 24 months then spends a month in concrete followed by rest in bottle before release.  The results are simple and amazing.  Though the Riserva is a bit pricey, it is seems worth it given the resulting quality and I look forward to trying the basic Chianti in addition to their Vin Santo and estate olive oil.  Monterponi is certainly a rising star in Chianti and merits some serious attention.

Monteraponi 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva ~$49.00

Tree bark, dark chocolate, cherries, dried herbs, and menthol all come into play on the Monterponi 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva.  This is classic stuff, with decent acidity and a lingering finish.  Not inexpensive, but it’s a Riserva and it is drinking well now but should age very well.  One of the top classic Chianti producers.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED