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Poggio Stenti
Pian di Staffa Montecucco Sangiovese Riserva DOC
Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Italy, Tuscany, Montecucco Rosso DOC
Grape: Sangiovese
Style: Powerful

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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 -- were harvested during the third week of October when the vines have completed their growing cycle and transferred all their energy to the fruit. The seeds have reached full polyphenolic maturity, allowing them to yield sweet tannins.

Fermentation lasts 3-4 weeks under strict temperature control with maceration on the skins to extract optimal polyphenols from the grapes. Following alcoholic fermentation, the wine is transferred to large oak casks to allow malolactic fermentation to occur naturally.

The wine is aged for approximately 30 months in large Slavonian oak casks, then 12 more months in bottle before relase.

Total production: 2700 bottles

Tasting Note

Tasting note: Rich ruby red, with slight bricking at the rim. Complex, intense aromas and flavours of ripe red berries with earthy notes of dark chocolate, leather, and spices. Great structure, with silky tannins and an elegany long finish.

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.

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