The 11-hectare Montevertine was founded in 1967 by Sergio Manetti in partnership with his friend, oenologist Giulio Gambelli. The first vineyard, 'Le Pergole Torte', was planted around this time and until 1981 only Chianti Classico was produced. However, by 1981, Sergio, finding the Chianti DOC legislation too restrictive (producers were not allowed to use 100% Sangiovese and were required to blend in white grape varieties), left the Chianti Consorzio to make a premium Tuscan wine that truly conveyed the unique terroir of the area and its affect on the native Sangiovese grape. Thus was born 'Le Pergole Torte' - probably the first 'Super Tuscan'. Today the estate is run by Sergio's son, Martino Manetti, who continues to develop and cement Montevertine's position as one of Tuscany's leading makers. The astonishing 2007 is 100% Sangiovese and spends 18 months in Slavonian oak barrels followed by a further 6 months in Allier oak. Probably the finest since 1990.
Robert Parker: 'One of the unforgettable standouts in this historic retrospective, the 2007 Le Pergole Torte is an astonishing achievement. The wine offers soaring intensity and an enduring sense of balance and power. It has also entered a stunning phase in its lifeline, yet it still possesses that inner energy and youthfulness that ensures an even longer aging trajectory ahead. The bouquet is singular both in terms of its varietal purity and its aromatic reach. In many respects, this wine comes closest to the legendary 1990 Le Pergole Torte Riserva, an edition made only once in Montevertine's history. Indeed, this wine may have an upper leg on that wine given that inner youthfulness I mentioned above. The bouquet emits dark fruit and hints of exotic spice. The mouthfeel shows beautiful texture, fiber and even smoothness'.