The $10,000 Cellar, Part One

Tipping the scales with $100 wines


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There are just a few super Tuscan’s based exclusively on Sangiovese, and fewer still that try only to express Sangiovese. By that I mean with a particularly light wine making style. Le Pergole Torte is one of those wines. Perfumed, red-fruited, bright, succulent and yet layered with notes of earth and herbs; it’s like being assaulted by fairies pelting you with fruit and elfin magic!

While not the first producer to leave the DOC system in pursuit of better wines, Sergio Manetti was one of the most decisive; breaking cleanly with tradition to produce wines based solely on the best varieties. The true best was Sangiovese in purezza. These are such lovely wines that I am saddened to see them rise in price, if for no pther reason than that second thought I have when pulling corks today.

Le Pergole Torte $85

Tip: Montevertine’s Pian del Ciampolo is a classic Chianti blend made from young vines which are getting less young each year. Hint, hint.

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  • Snooth User: JonDerry
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    Been waiting for the $100 and under Barolo rec's, also good to see some sub-$100 Northern Rhone suggestions...looking forward to installment II

    Apr 05, 2012 at 1:34 AM

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