Monte Bernardi, Chianti Classico Retromarcia 2021Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
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.
Retromarcia is more than the sum of its parts; its name is an ode to the classic elegance of the historic style of Chianti. Sangiovese shines on its own in this wine coming from vines planted between 2003 and 2010 from estate fruit in Panzano. Ageing is completed over 18 months in large casks. This is fresh and fruity, though with well-balanced acidity and structure.