Aromas of mature black-skinned fruit, baking spice, tobacco, new leather and an earthy note of tilled soil emerge in the glass. Elegantly structured, the savoury linear palate delivers ripe Marasca cherry, black raspberry, star anise and dried botanical herb. Polished fine-grained tannins lend support while fresh acidity provides plenty of life.
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. It comes from the vineyards which surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 40 km southeast of Siena, in southeastern Tuscany. The key grape variety grown here is Sangiovese (known locally as Prugnolo Gentile). According to DOCG rules, to be labeled as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano a wine must come from vineyards on the hills which surround Montepulciano. This area is made up of slopes reaching 250–600 masl in altitude, located between two rivers – the Ocria and the Chiana.
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.
Manually harvested, carefully transported to the winery where fermentation occurs in barrels. Aged 24 months in large and small oak followed by 36 months in bottle before release.