2016 LA PINETA Pinot Nero, Podere Monastero

Grape-BlendGRAPE / BLEND: Pinot Nero 100%

Region-Appellation REGION: Tuscany > Chianti Classico > Castellina in Chianti (SI)

wine style STYLE / APPELLATION: IGT Rosso Toscano

Best to drink BEST TO DRINK: Enjoyable now and can age over 5 years

Wine Description  NOTES: While Pinot Nero is capable of producing wines of extraordinary elegance and harmony, it sometimes has difficulty adapting to conditions in Italy. To succeed with this grape in a land known for indigenous varietals, Alessandro Cellai had to approach every operation in the vineyard and the cellar meticulously. For example, he found that allowing the skins to macerate with dry ice prior to fermentation brought out more finessed perfumed aromas. The wine's name takes inspiration from the surrounding pine forests, as "La Pineta" translates to "pine tree".This ruby red wine offers notes of fresh berries, including raspberries, as well as hints of spice and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced, with red fruit flavors, and a persistent finish. Pair this with foie gras, teriyaki sauces, chicken with cranberry and walnut stuffing, or pork saltimbocca.

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Podere Monastero



Alessandro Cellai

Estate Owned by: Alessandro Cellai | Winemaker: Alessandro Cellai | Total acreage under vine: 7.5 | Estate Founded: 1999 | Winery Production Total: 6,500 Btls. | Viticulture Method: Conventional

Established in 2000 by oenologist Alessandro Cellai, Monastero was created with the sole aim of making two great wines: Pinot Nero and Campanaio. Pinot Nero, although not easily adapted to conditions in Italy, is considered to be one of the best grape varieties in the world, capable of producing wines of extraordinary elegance and harmony. Konrad Winzer, a contemporary sculptor and friend of the estate, lent his artistic talents to creating the unique labels for these wines.

Location of Vineyard

The Podere Monastero estate is situated in Chianti’s Castellina, in the heart of Tuscany, about 1650 feet above sea level. The vineyards occupy an area of 7.5 acres, half of which are used for the cultivation of Pinot Nero, while the remaining acres are split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The choice of land and, to an even greater extent, the choice of the clones and rootstocks, was critical to the winery. The latter required extensive research, carried out by the most prestigious nurseries in France.

Winemaking Philosophy

Every single operation is approached with meticulous attention, from vineyard to cellar. La Pineta (100% Pinot Nero) is created with this philosophy; each vine is tended right from pruning, initiating creation of a superb product. Campanaio (50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon), despite being made with grape varieties more common to the Chianti production zone, is also the result of meticulous attention, beginning with the choice of rootings. These two wines of considerable personality do their utmost to fully enhance the particular characteristics of the grape varieties origin without disguising the positive aspects of the local terroir.

Additional Info

Additional Info


I.G.T. Rosso Toscana


Italy > Tuscany > Castellina in Chianti


Pinot Noir 100%




Podere Monastero


Alessandro Cellai


Still Red Wine, Dry, 13.5% by Vol.

Best to drink

Ready, but will improve

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