Monte Bernardi, Chianti Classico Riserva 2018Regular price $34.00 Save $-34.00
Variety: Sangiovese and Canaiolo
Even though the estate Monte Bernardi dates back to 1085 in the region of Panzano in Tuscany, Michael Schmelzer and family purchased the estate in 2003 and have been making beautiful Sangiovese-based wines and olive oil ever since. The property’s vineyards are situated in the hilly, southern-most region of Panzano, an area that has been acknowledged as one of the “Grand Crus” of Chianti Classico. Most of the vineyards are more than 40 years old. Before 1992, the grapes were sold to neighboring farms. The Schmelzer family, originally from Michigan, purchased Monte Bernardi in 2003. As winemaker, Michael has invested time, love and money in the vineyards, the winery and villa. The property was certified biodynamic in 2004.
This Chianti Classico is all about the purity of fruit using mostly Sangiovese and just 5% Canaiolo. The vines are 40 years old from Michael’s estate vineyards in Panzano. Since it is a Riserva, it goes on to age for 18 to 24 months in oak.