Montepulciano is an ancient medieval town that sits in southern Tuscany, within the province of Sienna. In the center of the walled commune sits the Palazzo communale designed by Michelozzo and built in what was once the traditional Tuscan style of architecture. While the region is well-known for winemaking, what's often confusing for wine drinkers is that there is also a grape varietal from Italy known as Montepulciano, but the wines made near the town of Montepulciano are all Sangiovese-based. You've gotta delineate between the wines from Montepulciano and the wines made from Montepulciano. After a delightful morning in Umbria, Greg headed back into Tuscany to visit the Fattoria della Talosa, one of Montepulciano's most famed producers.
Talosa has been around since 1972, when winemaker Angelo Jacorossi first attempted to bring a renewed quality to the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano appellation. The family owns about thirty-two hectares of property in the region almost entirely committed to Sangiovese.
Michele Merola, the agronomist for Telosa was on hand to bring Greg for a tour through the vineyards.
The Sangiovese vines are located in one of the most beautiful areas of Montepulciano with views of the rolling hills and scattered steeples tucked into the background.
Perhaps the most exciting part of a visit to Talosa is the tour of the historic underground barrel cellar, located directly under the town center. The brick passageways were built in the 1500s and contain a series of vaults where the wine barrels can be placed for maturation. The Vino Noble Reserva from Talosa is aged for two to three years in these underground caverns before bottling. Some of the larger oak barrels have been in use since the company first started in the early 70s. Greg was able to taste samples of the recent vintage directly from cask while there, and reported yet another success story from what is shaping up to be an incredible 2015 harvest.