Monte Antico Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT 2006
#61 Wine Spectators Top 100 2009..."I came across an incredible value in my office in Tuscany today. Tasting a range of wines from $10 to $25 with Neil and Maria Empson of Empson & Co., I found some excellent wines. But what was the most impressive for the money was the Monte Antico 2006. Its suggested retail is $11...Of course, the quality of the 2006 vintage in Tuscany shined through on this wine. This is a superb Sangiovese year. The aromatic quality of Sangiovese is mind-blowing for most wines from Tuscany. The 2006 Monte Antico has beautiful plums, berries and fresh acidity. Fantastico! And for $11!..." WS 3/09 - "Bright plum, dried cherry and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and refined berry and cherry flavors. Drink now...90." Best Values - WS 10/31/09
I picked this bottle up at Costco and have to say that I rarely pour out a bottle of wine, but couldn't stand this bottle. It has a wonderful jammy bouquet, but has no body. There was very little taste and it imparted a bitter, almost sour taste on the back of my tongue. I put it in the decanter and tried it again today, but nothing seemed to help. After looking at the other reviews here I'll try it again as people seemed to like it, and will change my review if on 2nd taste my opinion changes.
Rating 86 Akltough the nose is long and complex the excessive fruit acid makes this wine unbalanced. the underlying structure is very good. I considered this not to be a bargain !!
Cedar/oak nose. Light but well balanced. Recommend and would serve. Make sure dish doesn't overwhelm wine.
I could taste the grapes individually. The next day, the blend was there along with an incredibly dry mouth feel. Water chaser needed on day 2.
Very easy drinking, with a terrific nose. Nice fruit, but not jammy at all, with tannins to give it a pleasant bite. Kind of earthy with a bit of an herbal thing going on. I would probably pair this with a slightly sweet red sauce and pasta. Or maybe grilled lamb. Terrific QPR at $10 or so.
A little spice in the pleasant aroma. Some juicy sweetness up front, with a dash of prune and bruised grapes. The finish is moderately tart with some warmth. Like Coastalcorks said, the tannins are pretty light and it is nice with pasta - that is how I tried it too.
Bright cherries on the nose with a bit of herbs. Plum and violets flavors, with good tannins and an herbaciousness towards the end, although the short finish falls short of pushing this into the 90s.
External Reviews for Monte Antico Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT
Number 61 on Wine Spectator's prestigious Top 100 Wines of 2009. Made from a selection of Tuscany’s finest vineyard sites, a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot, Monte Antico is Neil & Maria Empson’s tribute to Tuscany. Importers of exceptional Italian wines for over thirty years the Empsons have grown a strong affinity with Italian wines and its terrior. Maestro Franco Bernabei does the honors as winemaker, selecting the best grape lots, fermenting slowly and then aging the finished wine 1 year in oak (80% in Slavonian, 20% French) and at least 6 months in the bottle to achieve a graceful balance of voluptuous berry tones and a soft forward style that’s ideal with food. Wine Spectator scored this wine 90 points saying "Bright plum, dried cherry, and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a refined berry and cherry flavors. Drink now."
From the hills of southern Tuscany comes this Sangiovese based red. Easy drinking for every day meals.
Dunkles, sattes Rubingranat. In der Nase schöne Aromen nach roten Kirschen, Pflaumen, Mocca und Sandelholz. Wirkt noch sehr jugendlich und kompakt. Mineralische Würze und ein Hauch von Toastnoten lassen ihn komplex und tief erscheinen. Am Gaumen überzeugt der Supremus mit Eleganz und Struktur. Seidige, feinkörnige Tannine begleitet von einer stützenden Frische erzeugen Spannung und Länge. Die Aromen bestätigen sich; rote Kirschen, Vanillenoten und Mocca. Der Abgang ist lang und anhaltend mit Noten nach Lakritze und getrockneten Feigen.