Vecchie Viti del Salco 2016
Region: Toscana

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Tasting Notes

Bold and spicy, it explodes on the nose with aromas of black cherry, anise, cocoa and cassis. On the palate, this silky red continues with cherry, cocoa and cassis, but there are elements of black licorice, cooked meat and blackberry jam. A robust wine, the tannins are prevalent and firm, but not overwhelming, and promise long cellaring potential.

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).

Made from the oldest vines of the Salco vineyard, the most mature and important of the estate. A field of 2 ha, with vines of 29-31 years of age, entirely cultivated with a clone of Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile selected at the winery that, at each harvest, easily reaches a slight overripening.

Hand-selected, slightly “overripe” berries from the best old vines in the Salco vineyard. The grapes are slowly macerated and fermented in open top fermenters, with daily punchdowns of the cap. After fermentation, the wine spends two years aging in large oak tonneaux before another three years of bottle aging before release.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Sangiovese

Classification: DOCG

Orientation: North/North-east

Appellation: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Gradient: 500 masl

Soil: Sandy clay

Farming Practices: Biodynamically farmed

Residual Sugar: 1.25 g/l

Alcohol: 14

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 5.94 g/l

Other Practices: Sustainable, Biodynamic, Certified Organic