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Fattoria La Lecciaia
Rosso di Toscana IGT
Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Grape: Sangiovese
Style: Smooth and Silky

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Vineyards: South-facing well-drained slopes.

Winemaking: By law, Montalcino producers can only produce as much “Brunello” as is allowed for the size of their estate for a particular vintage. If they have more wine than would be allowed, they must bottle and release the excess as a simple table wine – “Rosso di Toscana”. We discovered this wine on our frist trip to La Lecciaia in 2001 and have been ordering it ever since.

Made according to traditional production for red wine grapes (maceration on skins, malolactic fermentation following temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation), with limited time in oak barrels before bottling and release.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Tasting Note

Tasting Note: Medium rub/garnet in colour, with aromas and flavours of dark cherries, plum, and herbs with earthy cedar notes. Medium-bodied, round and lively on the palate, with a balanced finish.

Serving Temperature: Serve at 18ºC.

Aging: We still have bottles pre-2000 and they are doing well. Originally we thought maybe 4-5 years, but clearly this is not the case.

About the Grape

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.

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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