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Fattoria La Lecciaia
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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Fattoria La Lecciaia
Sassarello Toscana Igt
2012
Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
Style: Powerful



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Description

From estate vineyards in Montalcino, a blend of 50% Sangiovese, and equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Sangiovese was aged in traditional large oak barrels, like Brunello, while the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot matured in smaller French oak barrique. The ageing wines spent just approximately one year in barrel, before blending, and then a further 6 months in bottle before release.

“Sasso” means stone in Italian, and Sassarello refers to the small stones found in the Montalcino vineyards.

Tasting Note

Medium deep red colour with slight garnet tinges. Rich, with earthy aromas of dark cherry, plum, cocoa, and a touch of cedar/sandalwood. Medium-bodied, round on the palate, with good acidity and fine tannins and a relatively long finish.

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.

Merlot: One of the "Top Seven" grapes (that make up 75% of the world's wine), it is the most planted quality red-wine grape in the world. With origins in France, and part of the famous Bordeaux blend, you can now find it growing almost anywhere in the World. Like Chardonnay it is fashionable as a wine-by-the-glass due to its soft nature, balancing acidity, and rich dark fruit -- think plums -- aromas and flavours.

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.

Fattoria La Lecciaia

La Lecciaia is situated in Vallafrico, bordering some of the oldest and most prestigious vineyards of Montalcino. The land extends to over 90 hectares: 16 hectares of which are under vine, and more than half of that is used for the production of Brunello.

Purchased in 1983 by Sig. Mauro Pacini, La Lecciaia was rebuilt and is now equipped with modern winemaking technology, yet the winery still adheres to the traditions of Brunello. The wines have excellent character and flavour thanks to the particular vineyard situation, soil structure, and the excellent climate.

Addresss:
Fattoria La Lecciaia
Loc. Vallafrico
53024 Montalcino (Siena) – Italy


Phone number: +390583928366

Email: lecciaia@pacinimauro.com

Website: http://www.lecciaia.it/

Visits: By appointment only.

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