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Montalcino is a superstar wine region. This incredibly beautiful place located in Tuscany holds some of the world’s greatest red wines.
The story of Terre Nere started when Salvatore Vallone (an experienced agriculture who was working in Palermo,) and his wife Vincenza, decided to move to beautiful Tuscany. Here, they started to raise cattle, made cheese, and produced oil and vino di Tavola. Salvatore passed on his passion for agriculture to his son Pasquale. And even though, Pasquale had a successful career as a banker, it was his love for the land that determined his future.
In 1996, Pasquale purchased 37 acres of land. And with the help of his wife and kids, they started planting their very first vines. Little did this family know that the winery which started as a weekend hobby was soon to become a flagship estate in the Montalcino region.
Terre Nere means “Black Land.” The name was given thanks to the black soil where the vineyard is located. This is due to due to the proximity of the Amiata, an extinct volcano, that gives each of Terre Nere’s wines a unique personality.
The 24-acre vineyard is mostly planted with Montalcino’s great queen, Sangiovese, and a small percentage with Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is placed in a beautiful region, with exquisite beauty, surrounded by virgin forests. Soils composed of Galestro, and clay loam.
The wines at Terre Nere are artisanally crafted. They take care of every minimum aspect, from the vineyard to the cellar. The winemaking team is led by winemaker Niccolo since 2018. Niccolo works with Francesca and Federico, Pasquale’s sons, to create these amazing gems. Consultants Giuseppe Gorelli and agronomist Federico Becarelli have been helping with the biodynamic and sustainable conversion. Both the vineyard and wines are organic certified.
Rossi di Montalcino is one of the best-value wines in all of Tuscany. And, because this wine is crafted with the same grape (Sangiovese Grosso) and comes from the same region in Montalcino as Brunello, you'll find enormous similarities between these two wines. James Suckling said, “It shares many of the qualities of Brunello: A complex flavor profile, fantastic with food, and is produced by many of the same top producers of Brunello. But you don’t have to wait long to enjoy it or pay a high price.”
Aging: 8 months in Slavonian oak.
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso. This amazing Rosso di Montalcino shows it exciting aromas of cherries, berries, and violets. The elegance and finesse in the mouth are in perfect harmony with the expressive tannins. This wine shows great freshness and a good length.
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About the Wine
Chateau Saint Pierre dates back to the 17th century. Henri Martin purchased the classified Fourth Growth Medoc estate in 1982. Henri Martin's family has a long history in the Bordeaux region, dating back more than 300 years. Today Chateau Saint Pierre is managed by Jean-Louis Triaud, who also manages Chateau Gloria and owns the Girondins de Bordeaux, the professional football team of Bordeaux.
The majority of their vines are located near the village of Saint Julien not far from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou which retails for $200 a bottle. On average their vines are 50 years old. Saint-Julien has the highest concentration of cru classés with 11 over 900 hectares.
Chateau Saint Pierre is one of the few classified growths that does not produce a second wine. With complete focus on the Grand Vin and leading the use of technology in winemaking, it is no surprise this Grand Vin hailed a 'Bravo!' from multiple critics. Chateau Saint Pierre Saint-Julien was one of the first estates to use satellite imagery to help identify when parcels are ready to pick.
Aging: 14 to 16 months in French Oak
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied, round, and refined. The nose shows espresso, blackberry, and floral notes.
This 17-hectare estate has been rejuvenated by owner Jean-Louis Triaud and is certainly producing some of the top wines from the appellation today. I tasted the deep, inky-colored 2015 Château Saint-Pierre twice and it’s reminiscent of the 2010, only with more elegance. In 2015 the wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc and it spent 14 months in 50% new and 50% once used barrels. Chocolate-covered dark fruits, damp earth, tobacco leaf, and lead pencil shaving-like notes emerge from this huge, concentrated beauty that has building tannin and a huge mid-palate. It’s an incredible wine that builds with time in the glass, has no hard edges, and is going to 3-4 decades of life. Bravo! ~97 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Saint-Pierre offers more fruit on the nose than the Gruaud Larose with quite fabulous blackberry laced with pencil lead and tobacco. There is real joie de vivre and intensity here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but quite firm tannin, very well balanced and pure with a gentle but insistent, mineral-driven, quite sinewy finish that is an absolute treat. This comes highly recommended. Tasted twice both in London and Bordeaux at the property. Bravo. ~94 Wine Advocate
This wine has a very toasty style, with spice and wood tannins that give an extracted character with some bitterness. That contrasts with the fruit that is developing, and it seems that the wood will integrate over time. Drink from 2025. ~92 Wine Enthusiast