Sergio, the Patriarch, was a teacher, and we had many children, many with special needs, for whom Montenidoli was a happy nest. And when they took flight the abandoned lands remained, waiting to be brought back to life. For the farmers had abandoned the hill in the early 1900s, drawn by the two Great Wars and the promise of industry. The vines were overgrown by brambles, while the olive trees had gone wild.
The?2012 Azienda Agricola Le Rote Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG?is medium ruby with flecks of garnet in the rim; developing nose with dried strawberry, black cherry, roses, sandalwood and dried rosemary; dry with refreshing levels of acidity balanced by a core of rich, chewy dark fruit and ripe tannins; smooth, black-cherry and sweet tobacco linger on a faint, pleasant finish that is touched off by just the right hint of oak.