TYPE Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva
PRODUCTION AREA Cervognano. Between 280 m and 350 m asl. Exposure to the east
VARIETY Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile 90%, Colorino 10%
TYPE OF SOIL calcareous, alluvial and sandy soils with a good percentage of silt, clay and minerals, as well as rich in stony skeleton varying according to the position.
AGE OF VINEYARDS The youngest vineyard is 20 years old.
VINIFICATION The grapes are harvested manually and transported in crates; after destemming and soft pressing, they are left to ferment in oak vats filled to no more than two thirds of their capacity. Native yeasts are used during the fermentation process which lasts about 10 days at controlled temperatures between 28 and 30 degrees. Manual pumping and punching of the cap are carried out. Maceration, if necessary, continues for another 5/8 days after fermentation.
COLOR Ruby red tending to garnet.
BOUQUET Rich and complex on the nose, with floral and fruity scents that are extremely enriched by scents of licorice, tobacco and leather.
PAIRINGS It should be paired with important and structured preparations, based on red meats and game. Try it with goose in balsamic vinegar, or with aged Parmigiano Reggiano. Excellent as a meditation wine.
TASTE In the mouth waves of fruit arrive that saturate the palate from start to finish. He is still young but he already has a strong character and an excellent structure.
NOTES This Riserva has been revived from the 2010 vintage after almost 20 years from its last edition. This pause was used to reselect and gradually replant the historic vineyards; the concentration rested on the clonal selections, on the different expressiveness of Sangiovese in relation to the pedoclimatic variations and on the possibility of combining the characteristics of Sangiovese with other international grape varieties. In 2010, on the other hand, an increased complexity and structure was found in the grapes of the first replanting of native vines, hence the conviction of proposing it only from native grapes, just like in the 70s and 80s.
AGING The Riserva ages in Slavonian or French oak with a capacity ranging from 5 to 25 hl. The malolactic fermentation gives elegance and finesse to this wine. The maturation lasts from 28 to 32 months. Before being released, the wine ages in the bottle for a few months.