Montemercurio | Estate winery in the northern sector of the Montepulciano region of Tuscany, Italy. Its main wines are Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, and Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC. The first vineyards were planted in the early 1960s by grandfather Adamo “Damo” Anselmi near the Tempio di San Biagio, Montepulciano. After he died, the Anselmi family took over his 3 hectare vineyard. From the early 2000s another 7 hectares were planted, mainly Sangiovese, plus Merlot in the lowest part plus a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Canaiolo. The first wines were released from the 2007 vintage. Terroir 450 metres. SW facing. Soil “a base argillosa”.
The name “Montemercurio” or Mount Mercury seems to have been the original name in Roman times of the city of Polizia (today’s Montepulciano) because on its top stood a temple dedicated to the God Mercury.
Owner | Paolo Luciani.
Staff | Manager: Marco Anselmi (Adamo’s grandson). Consultants : Vineyards: Stefano Dini. Winemaking: Emiliano Falsini.
Vineyards | 10 hectares (24.7 acres). Near the town of Montepulciano, below the Tempio di San Biagio. 1 hectare (2.47 acres) for Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, 3.75 hectares (9.26 acres) for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, and 1 hectare (2.47 acres) for Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC.
Winemaking | Hand picked.
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Petaso | 2009 Aged in botti. Rich and old viney but also some brett too (2014 Anteprima).
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Damo | Hand picked. Favour punch downs to pump overs. From an old vineyard, with various varieties inter-planted (the white grapes, Grechetto and Canaiolo Bianco are picked separately for a white wine). Named after grandfather Adamo Anselmi. | 2007 80% Sangiovese, 20% Barbera, Canaiolo, Montepulciano and Carmenere. 50-60 days on skins. 12 months in small botti (10-12hl), then moved to larger botti. Old viney, then some bake and astringency followed by mint and vanilla at the finish (2014 Anteprima).
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Messaggero | Why “Messaggero”? Because as the God Mercury was the messenger of the Gods, even his Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has the mission to carry around the world the message of the Tuscan tradition. | 2012 Vinegary, drying out (Anteprima 2018).
Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC | 1986 Only 992 bottles. Released after 25 years. | 2007 Fermented in stainless steel. Sweet fruit but rather evolved (2014 Anteprima).
Grappa di Vino Nobile
Via di Totona, 25/A
I-53045 Montepulciano (SI = Siena), Italy
Tel+39 0578 716610 | www.montemercurio.com