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Poggio Stenti
Tribolo Montecucco Rosso DOC
2012
Red Wine

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



Available Dec 30, 2016

$21.00 / bottle
$252.00 / case

12 bottles per case

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Description

Vineyards: Poggio Stenti’s hillside vineyards are at 200 meters above sea level, along the Orcia River, which separates Sienna Province from Grosetto Province. The soil has a high percentage of clay which helps maintain water reserves from winter and spring rainfall which helps to support the vines during the hot, dry summer growing period. This avoids stress and allows for excellent phenolic ripeness.

Winemaking Process: The grapes (100% Sangiovese) are harvested in mid-September, when they have reached sugar levels of 22-23 percent. The skin is 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 12 months in stainless steel tanks, to maintain a fresh, fruity bouquet and soft structure. The wine is then aged for an additional six months in bottle before release.

Total production: 2520 bottles

Tasting Note

Tasting Note: The wine is an intense ruby red color, fresh and fruity, with aromas and flavours of dark cherries and blueberries, with notes of milk chocolate, warm peaches, and violets. Round and well-structured with a long, persistent finish and pleasant depth.

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.

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.

From Wine Enthusiast Magazine (4/1/2011): "Tribolo is a Sangiovese-based wine from coastal Tuscany that opens with smooth richness abd bright tones of wild blueberry and cherry. There's a milky, mocha element as well that adds to its overall sensation of creaminess." Score 88 points.

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