Utterly Spellbinding:
2013 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte

Posted by Ian McFadden

The 2013 Le Pergole Torte is a monument to one of Italy's most noble and unique wines.

It's poised to join the ranks of the top examples of the wine.

Simply put, there’s Sangiovese and then, there’s Pergole Torte. No wine takes the grape to the levels of nobility, elegance or ageworthiness the way Montevertine’s Pergole Torte does.

This is the reason that Antonio Galloni writes: "Le Pergole Torte isn’t a great Tuscan or Italian wine. It is simply one of the world’s elite wines.”

The 2013 possesses all the hallmarks of great vintages of Pergole Torte. It's powerful, fiercely tannic and simultaneously nimble, elegant and profoundly subtle.

Pergole Torte's importer, Neal Rosenthal, mentions that Montevertine's owner, Martino Manetti, says that 2013 reminds him of the early vintages of Pergole Torte. Just to situate the aging potential of these early vintages, the 1979 was still gorgeous a couple of years ago when I tasted it.

Montevertine is in Radda, one of the coolest, highest-altitude spots in Chianti Classico. Here, and in Montevertine's hands, Sangiovese reaches an unparalleled level of incisive elegance and beautifully haunting aromatics. Pergole Torte is the pinnacle of the line-up.

There's no denying that the 2013 Pergole makes its presence felt. But instead of being weighed down, the wine soars and has a fascinating weightless impression. The aromatics really pop with floral notes, spice, herbs, smoky minerality and dark fruit. All of this is delivered with refinement, grace and impeccable harmony.

This is a spellbinding vintage of Pergole Torte. Whenever Pergole Torte hits the bull's eye, my advice is always to go deep. There are few wines at the $100 price point that deliver so much. Don't miss.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2013 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte

Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2013 Le Pergole Torte is shaping up to be magnificent. Powerful yet weightless, the 2013 displays compelling, crystalline purity, with chiseled, beautifully articulated flavors, beams of supporting acidity and captivating overall balance. All the elements are in place for the 2013 to challenge for a spot among the great Pergole Tortes of all time."