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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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Poggio Stenti
Maremma Toscana Rosso DOC
2015
Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Italy, Tuscany, Montecucco Rosso DOC
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
Style: Smooth and Silky



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$231.00 / case

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Description

The grapes (90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) are harvested in mid-September, from estate vineyards. The skins are thick and the pulp dense, with fully mature seeds. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks for 15 days, with skin contact to allow for good polyphenolic extraction. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in stainless-steel tanks.

The wine ages for about 10 months in stainless steel tanks to ensure a brighter, fruitier bouquet and soft structure. The wine is held for an additional six months in bottle before release.

Tasting Note

Bright, ruby red colour, with a purple rim. Deep, fruity nose with aromas and flavours of sweet, dark cherry and plum, and notes of mocha and earthy spices. Medium-bodied, round and well-structured with a long finish and pleasant depth.

About the Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon: One of the "Top Seven Grapes" (that make up 75% of the World's wine), it is rivalled only by Merlot in terms of quantity for production of high-quality red wine. It's traditonal home is Bordeaux, but it is grown in almost every wine region in the World. Its realtive small berry size provides rich aromas and flavours -- characteristically cassis -- natural high tannins, and important structural elements for making long-lived wine.

Sangiovese: Italy's more planted red-wine grape and responsible for producing one of Italy's best DOCG wine -- Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. It is the main grape behind the Tuscany's Chianti DOCG and Morellino di Scansano DOC, and can be found in various forms and blends in neighbouring Marche (Rosso Conero DOC and Rosso Piceno DOC), Umbria, and Emilia-Romagna.

The literal translation of Sangiovese is "blood of Jove" which suggests very ancient origins, but it is generally accepted to trace back to the Etruscans who enhabited northern Italy from about the 8th century BCE until they were absorbed by the Romans Empire.

For the sake of simplicity, Sangiovese was commonly thought to come in two sizes -- small (piccolo), as in the Chianti version of the grape, and large (grosso), as in the Montalcino version of the grape -- but in fact there actually dozens of different clones/versions of the grape, and size, in reality, has no impact on the quality of the wine anyway. Sangiovese also has many synonyms including Brunello, Morellino, and Prugnolo Gentile.

Soils, yield, altitude, aspect, and location seem to have more impact on quality and taste of the Sangiovese wine. The stricter DOCG rules of Chianti and Brunello can produce spectacularly elegant wines, with deep, earthy, dark fruit aromas and flavours, fine tannins, and balancing acidity -- the best of which can age for decades. But it can also produce lively young, easy-drinking wines that are a delight to have over a plate of pasta or a pizza. One of our favouriate grapes, probably because of this versatility.

Poggio Stenti

Poggio Stenti is a small family winery, managed by Eleonora Pieri. Annual production from their small estate is less than 1000 cases. They also grow olives, to be made into their own olive oil, and her father (Carlo) is one of the most famous salumi producers in Tuscany.

The region is known as Montecucco, a relatively new DOC in Tuscany. They are specifically located in Monte Amiata, a prized location which borders the historic vineyards of Montalcino, a few kilometres east.

Poggio Stenti’s hillside vineyards are at 200 meters above sea level, along the Orcia River, which separates Sienna Province from Grosetto Province. Most of the vineyards are planted to Sangiovese fro Tribolo and Pian di Staffa, but they also grow a few rows of Cabernet Sauvignon for a wine that is produced only in a top vintages. They also grow Trebbiano and Vermentino for a IGT white wine.

Website: http://www.poggiostenti.com

Visits: By appointment only. You may need directions to find the winery.

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