montevertine, le pergole torte, toscana igt 2015
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2015 Le Pergole Torte is a 100% expression of Sangiovese sourced from the estate's oldest vines (between 30 and 50 years old). Like the other wines from Montevertine, Le Pergole Torte sees both its alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in cement, and the wine later ages in new oak barrels for 12 to 18 months depending on the vintage. After that first phase in barrique, it goes into large botte to complete its integration. This gorgeous vintage opens to a deep, dark appearance with a velvety presentation of dark fruit and black cherry flavors. The wine's textural richness is ultimately what sets this fantastic vintage apart.
The 2015 Le Pergole Torte captures all the radiance and intensity of the vintage. Deep, powerful and resonant, the 2015 will be a racy wine once it emerges from its recent bottling. As always, the Pergole Torte is differentiated from the Montevertine by its greater textural richness and perfume. In 2015, Pergole Torte is exotically ripe and flamboyant, not to mention utterly captivating. Don't miss it.
The hot 2015 vintage resulted in the most alcoholic Pergole Torte, coming in at 14%, regardless of the fact that it was harvested not long after 28 September. It has a generous fruit profile of ripe cherry and raspberry, and although it's estery on the nose it still has an underlying depth of liquorice and flowers. Refined, grainy and crunchy tannins balance the powerful fat fruit, as does the typical chewy acidity that Sangiovese rarely lacks.