Salco 2016
Region: Toscana

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Tasting Notes

A little brighter than the 2015, with ripe red cherry, raspberry and cassis notes. The palate is full and rich, with flavours of Maraschino cherry, red plum, earth and spice, as well as a meaty, savoury element and hints of red pepper. A healthy dose of acidity and some tannic grip provide balance to the fruit and make this a perfect partner to a grilled steak.

Sangiovese, a dark-berried vine, is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Virtually synonymous with the red wines of Tuscany and all the romanticism that goes with the territory, Sangiovese is the core constituent in some of the great names in Italian wine. It is prized for its high acid, firm tannins and balanced nature. Savoury flavours of dark cherries and black stone fruit are characteristic and may be backed by secondary notes of tomato leaf and dried herbs. The use of oak has become more popular and this coaxes richer flavours from the grapes, tending toward plum and wild raspberry.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Italy’s classic red wines, and has unquestionably helped Tuscany retain its privileged place on the world wine map. According to DOCG rules, to be labeled as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano a wine must come from vineyards on the hills which surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 40 km southeast of Siena, in southeastern Tuscany. This area is made up of slopes reaching 250–600 masl in altitude, located between two rivers – the Ocria and the Chiana. The key grape variety grown here is Sangiovese (known locally as Prugnolo Gentile).

From the most mature plots in the Salcheto vineyards: the “Salco” (2 ha/5 acres) and the “Laghetto” (3,5 ha/8 acres). Salco is produced thanks to a clone of Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile that, at each vintage, reaches with ease a slight over ripeness.

Hand-harvested from the best vines in the Salco vineyard. Hand-sorted so only the finest berries are selected. After a long maceration on skins to extract pigment and tannic structure, the wine is aged in a combination of new and used French oak barriques for two years, before receiving another four years of bottle aging prior to release.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Sangiovese

Classification: DOCG

Orientation: N/A

Appellation: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Gradient: 500 masl

Soil: Blue and grey sandy clay

Farming Practices: Biodynamic

Residual Sugar: 1.23 g/l

Alcohol: 14

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 5.05 g/l

Other Practices: Sustainable, Biodynamic, Vegan, Certified Organic