Montesecondo is operated by Silvio Messana and his wife Catalina. The pair were previously living in NYC but would travel annually to Tuscany where Silvio’s mother ran the winery, selling the grapes to a local negociant. When her health began to fail, they moved back to be near and with her passing, they took the reigns and turned the Chianti Classico farm into their home with a portion of the farm converted as a half-year bed-and-breakfast.
They farm organically and biodynamically and they put an emphasis on grape and place, best expressed through minimal but careful intervention.
Fermentation in concrete tank and used 500-liter barrel helps to bring forth a wine that tastes purely of place. Pretty aromatics of red fruits, freesia, cherry blossom, sweet pipe tobacco and moss lead into a bright palate with notes of mint, violet, strawberry, raspberry, and a wet earthy finish. On the lower end of medium body and with fine tannin and medium plus acidity, this wine is a joy to drink with a simple dish of pasta with Pecorino and black pepper.