100% Trebbiano. This wine is not packaged as Montesecondo: the clear bottle, the crown cap and the white Messana label indicate a departure for Silvio Messana of Montesecondo into some new, smaller projects built around carefully sourced Tuscan fruit vinified in new styles for him (to wit: the new Ghazii sparkling rosé in a similar package). This vintage, the grapes were purchased from an organically farmed vineyard of Trebbiano at about 10-15 years of age, on sandy, rocky limestone soils a few kilometers to the NW of Montesecondo. The hand-harvested clusters were pressed whole, fermented spontaneously without sulfur in steel tank and macerated for 10 days with the skins. The wine was aged for a few months in concrete tank and bottled under crown cap without fining or filtering and with only a tiny speck of sulfur, It weighs in at only 10.5% alcohol.
After several years working in New York City, Silvio Messana took over the Montesecondo estate from his father in 1999. Silvio’s first vintage was in 2000, and the conversion to organic was certified in 2004. Montesecondo wines have come into conflict with the powers-that-be in Chianti Classico. While Silvio’s methods in the vineyard and cellar yield what many consider pure, classically expressive wines; the way he gets there, and occasionally the results (higher acidity, lighter colour or darker colour, etc.) means that he can only bottle one Chianti Classico and the rest are labelled as IGT Toscana. His wines exhibit incredible freshness, with the ageing done in very old barrels or concrete tanks and clay amphora for his flagship wines.