2018 Montepeloso Nardo IGT

Proprietary Blend - 3L
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VN 96 WA 95 JS 94 WS 92
VN 96

Vinous, January 2021

Proprietor Fabio Chiarelotto and longtime winemaker Fabrizio Moltard ratchet things up with their stellar 2018 Nardo. Super-ripe black cherry, plum, gravel, spice, underbrush, menthol, licorice and scorched earth give the...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2021

Here is a generous and nicely concentrated blend from the Tuscan Coast. Featuring 45% Sangiovese, 20% Montepulciano, 20% Alicante and 15% Malvasia Nera, the wine opens to a dark and impenetrable appearance. The 2018 Nardo...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, September 2020

Aromas of blackberries, walnuts and bark, as well as oyster shell and cedar, following through to a full body with round, juicy tannins that are integrated and fine-grained, despite being mouth filling. Needs time to...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, September 2021

Dark yet fluid, this red exhibits black cherry, blackberry, rich humus, ink and black pepper flavors, with muscular tannins guarding the lingering finish. Begs for grilled meat. Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Alicante and...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2018
Size 3L
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Montepeloso Nardo IGT is a remarkable red wine hailing from the Tuscan region of Italy. With a deep, impenetrable appearance, this wine is a blend of 45% Sangiovese, 20% Montepulciano, 20% Alicante, and 15% Malvasia Nera grapes, resulting in a proprietary blend that showcases the talent and experimentation of the Montepeloso team.

Upon pouring, the aromas of this wine immediately captivate the senses. Notes of blackberries, walnuts, and bark intertwine with hints of oyster shell and cedar, creating a complex and enticing bouquet. As the wine opens up, additional layers of dark fruit, cacao, cedar, and warm notes of soil emerge, adding depth and complexity to the nose.

On the palate, the 2018 Nardo reveals its true character. A full-bodied wine with round, juicy tannins that are remarkably integrated and fine-grained, despite its mouth-filling nature. The tannins provide structure and balance, while the ripe black cherry, plum, and spice flavors burst forth, accompanied by undertones of underbrush, menthol, licorice, and scorched earth. This wine is a true stunner, showcasing a distinct, sepia-toned personality that lingers on the palate.

Although already impressive, this wine has great aging potential. It is recommended to wait until after 2022 to fully experience its softer and more refined qualities. With only 1,900 bottles produced, the 2018 Nardo is a small and precious production that truly showcases the expertise and talent of the Montepeloso estate.

Renowned wine critics have also praised the 2018 Montepeloso Nardo IGT. James Suckling awarded it an impressive score of 94, noting its aromas and round, juicy tannins. Vinous gave it an even higher score of 96, highlighting its dark and brooding nature, imposing tannins, and stellar quality. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate rated it with 95 points, praising its generous concentration, impeccable balance, and seamless results. Wine Spectator also recognized its excellence, awarding it a score of 92 and noting its dark yet fluid character and muscular tannins.

This is a wine that demands attention and appreciation, a true gem from the Tuscan Coast that is sure to impress even the most discerning wine enthusiasts. Enjoy it now or cellar it for further development, and pair it with grilled meats to elevate your dining experience.