A perrenial bargain, and one of the first Super Tuscans.
|Monte Antico: ancient mountain in Italian. In the world of fine wines, a unique combination of quality, reliability and value since 1977. The label belongs to Neil and Maria Empson, who launched the Super Tuscan five years after founding Neil Empson Selections. It was their special affinity to the heartland of Italy that led them to make their very own mark on Tuscan soil: with the Maestro of Italian winemakers, Franco Bernabei, they have styled the Tuscan grape per eccellenza and expressed its ultimate potential, complementing it with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine itself comes from a few of the region’s finest vineyard sites, in the areas of Maremma, Colline Pisane, and Colli Fiorentini. Soil type goes from compact, including a very fine-textured limestone at 1,300-1,500 feet a.s.l, a classic, clayey/calcareous, rocky galestro also at altitudes around 1,300 feet, and clayey/siliceous/calcareous soil at an altitude of 820-990 feet. The finest selections are cherry-picked according to harvest conditions in the individual terroirs and microclimates. This balanced orchestration of geological diversity makes for the wine’s consistent excellence.
The superlative characteristics of chosen locations and strict quality parameters make for the wine’s depth, structure, character, and longevity. A cross-section of Tuscany’s best. Monte Antico is an ideal match to pasta, meat, fowl, and cheese. Its cellar life is excellent, and provides absolutely unbelievable value.