Terroir: On this 6ha vineyard, 15 year-old, cordon spur-trained Sangiovese Grosso vines are planted at a density of 4,500 plants/ha. Here, Sangiovese Grosso fruit is harvested by hand. Often no more than 10% of the Brunello fruit is selected for the Riserva bottling at the sorting table and is vinified separately.
Vinification: Grapes are crushed and transferred to tank by gravity followed by a 15-day maceration period at 29’c with frequent punch down of to cap during the first week to promote extraction. The wine is aged for three years in a combination of Allier and Slavonian casks followed by two additional years in bottle.
Riserva is only made in the top vintages
Intense, ruby red in color with garnet hues, this very aromatic wine shows violet, prune, pepper, spice and licorice on the nose. Full-bodied, savory with fruit and spices confirmed on this refined palate. Long and silky.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
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