While Montevertine usually produces around 2,000 cases of its Le Pergole Torte in any given vintage, the growing season of 2012 was so unusual that yields were down about a third, and the estate crafted only 1,300 cases of in this vintage--oh, but what a wine it is! Seductive and sinfully complex, the ’12 Le Pergole Torte unspools in layers of juicy, dark fruits, warm cigar wrapper, licorice and spice, crushed flower petals, and smoke. Remarkably approachable, this Le Pergole Torte almost oozes across the palate with tremendous dry extract and velvety tannins, and it fills the mouth with a satisfying texture as it builds to a balanced, sustained finish. Acknowledged as the finest expression of Sangiovese, Montevertine's flagship wine gives the grape its due, placing it alongside Burgundy's Pinot Noir in terms of age-ability, finesse and nuance. Vinified in cement, the wine first ages in cask and then in barrique before being bottled, where the wine rests for at least six months before release. Fully organic since 2009, Le Pergole Torte is a wine of world-class status, and the ’12 bottling allows for unusual early approachability.