While the current fashion in the production of Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano is moving in an "international" direction with the inclusion of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in the grape blend along with the use of new, French oak "barriques," Le Bertille follows traditional, time honored; wine making techniques with aging done in old, Slavonian oak casks followed by an extended period of must maceration. The grape varieties cultivated, traditional to the Montepulciano area, are prugnolo gentile (the local name for Sangiovese), Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Canaiolo and for their Rosso di Montepulciano, Mammolo is also used. Fastidious management of their estate grown vineyards, summer pruning, bunch thinning and extreme, selective harvesting allows for a limited but singularly, high quality production.
85% Prugnolo Gentile, 15% Ciliegiolo, Colorino and Canaiolo
The Le Bertille Vino Nobile di Montepulciano displays an intense, ruby red color with garnet nuances. The complex aromas combine ethereal layers of vibrant, black cherry, violets and earthy, mushroom notes. Richly textured on the palate, the wine is both firmly structured and stylishly, elegant. Layers of concentrated, ripe, sweet raspberry flavors combine with bitter cherry and earthy notes and lead to an extremely long, lingering finish. Le Bertille Vino Nobile is an extremely complex wine of the highest breeding that should be admired for its beautiful, terroir focused flavors and adherence to the truest traditions of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Total production 800 cases
80% Prugnolo Gentile, 20% Ciliegiolo, Colorino and Mammolo
The Le Bertille Rosso di Montepulciano is a more youthful expression of their Vino Nobile and includes the addition of the traditional grape variety, Mammolo, which lends an intense fragrance of violets to the bouquet. The Le Bertille Rosso di Montepulciano is a bright, ruby colored wine with intense aromas of fresh, red berries, dark cherry, plum and violets. Less intense and more fruit forward than its Vino Nobile brother, the wine is fresh, complex and harmonious on the palate. This is classic, elegant Montepulciano with sweet, integrated tannins, and a silky, persistent finish. In the case of Le Bertille, their Rosso yields are exactly the same, as their extremely, low yielding, Vino Nobile. Additionally, rather than a label for a Vino Nobile winery to market their second quality fruit, the Le Bertille Rosso is a totally separate, vineyard entity, comprised of the estate's younger vines.
Total production 1200 cases