March 2015 Selection

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, everlasting elegance

March 2015 Selection

Bindella Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2011 (2 bottles)
Valdipiatta Nobile di Montepulciano 2010 (2 bottles)
Boscarelli Nobile di Montepulciano 2011 (2 bottles)

Normal retail price: £101.66
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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which shouldn't be confused with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo obtained from the grape of the same name, originates from the hills which surround the famous town in the province of Siena. It is not only a fine wine, but also one of the finest expressions of the Sangiovese, along with the better known Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Here in Montepulciano, the Sangiovese is known as Prugnolo Gentile, and thanks to the special characteristics of the terroir it gives rise to wine with body and great finesse; the alluvial hills of Montepulciano, between the Orcia and Chiana Valleys, with their soil composition mainly of clay and sand, endow the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano with excellent complexity and superb longevity.

Our selection this month gives you the chance to get to know one of the great Italian wines; a red of classic beauty and timeless elegance, a wine of great subtlety and refinement, unjustly overshadowed by better known Tuscan names. Now you can discover for yourself the personality of these lands through the elegant and fruity Bindella; enjoy the marvellous 2010 vintage of Valdipiatta, held in high regard by wine experts all over the world; lay your bottle of Boscarelli down for up to fifteen years (yes, fifteen years, because for a good Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, getting old is merely a matter of becoming more mature and even more fascinating).

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Bindella Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2011 (2 bottles)

Red. Bindella Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Italy Sangiovese

Bottle: £12.45 club members / £14.23 non-members


Terra, Vite, Vita, is the motto of Bindella, a Swiss-owned winery with over 30 years of history, in their production of wines which consistently demonstrate all the merit of the Montepulciano terroir. Earth, vine, life. A motto which can not only be read on every single label of their wines, but it's also vitally important to each member of the Bindella team, evidenced by their devotion to the land and the respect they show for the environment.

The wine that bears the winery's name is typical, distinctive and direct. It is made primarily from Sangiovese with the addition of other indigenous grapes, and matures for 20-22 months in 50 hl oak barrels.

In the glass, we get the full impact of this star Tuscan grape's most typical varietal aromas: red fruits and violets, as well as light notes of toasted bread and mineral hints. A clean, attractive and elegant bouquet which presents a good balance between freshness and tannicity, and which confirms its pleasant aromas on the palate with red fruits and almonds.

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2024.

Bindella 2011
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Valdipiatta Nobile di Montepulciano 2010 (2 bottles)

Red. Tenuta Valdipiatta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Italy Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero

Bottle: £14.49 club members / £16.47 non-members


Valdipiatta is the fruit of the labour done by Giulio Caporali and Miriam, a father and daughter who jointly run the winery and tend the 22 hectares of Valdipiatta vineyards. Their wines, in a matter of a few decades, have become established as one of the most compelling expressions of Montepulciano's exceptional terroir.

The Valdipiatta wines are characterised by a strong personality and they frequently require a long period of repose in bottle in order to express their singularity to the full. Their Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is produced from Sangiovese and a small amount of Canaiolo; the wine from these grapes first matures for six months in French oak barrels and is subsequently aged for a year in 50 hl oak barrels.

It offers intense, yet clean and very well-defined aromas, of cherry jam, with notes of dried flowers and leather, dark chocolate and coffee, in a seductive fusion. On the palate it is resolute and balanced; the freshness and liveliness of some very well-integrated tannins presage a long life for this wine.

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Valdipiatta Nobile di Montepulciano 2010
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Boscarelli Nobile di Montepulciano 2011 (2 bottles)

Red. Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Italy Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo, Mammolo

Bottle: £17.72 club members / £20.14 non-members


From Poderi Boscarelli wines emanates all the passion felt by the family of the Marquess of Ferrari Corradi for the lands of Montepulciano and its highly-esteemed produce. The winery is located in Cervognano, a historic region for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and surrounded by vineyards lying on the gentle hills which overlook the Val di Chiana. Here the vines sink their roots deep into the rich clay and sandy soils, and enjoy an especially favourable mild microclimate.

The company's catalogue includes nine labels among which can be found wines under the Rosso di Montepulciano and Vin Santo di Montepulciano denominations, also the odd Super Tuscan,... but the Nobile di Montepulciano wines, apart from boasting the longest tradition, are undoubtedly the ones that bring the most comprehensive understanding of the winery's work and philosophy. This Nobile de Montepulciano is produced from the Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo and Mammolo varieties; it ferments in oak or steel barrels, with indigenous yeasts, and is aged for 18 to 24 months in oak barrels of various capacities and origins.

The result is a red wine of radiant colour and ruby flecks. In the glass it exudes complex, attractive aromas of red and black fruits, flowers, spices and lots of minerality. On the palate it displays an exuberant freshness which successfully softens its tannicity. This is a wine which, thanks to the clay soil of the Cervognano hills, is gifted with very good structure and is capable of long evolution if properly cellared.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Boscarelli Nobile di Montepulciano 2011
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