2016 Salustri Grotto Rosse Sangiovese, Montecucco DOCG, Tuscana, Italy

2016 Salustri Grotto Rosse Sangiovese, Montecucco DOCG, Tuscana, Italy

$43.95

Description

The estate was established at the beginning of the 1900s, but viticulture started being the main activity in the 1960s.  The cellar was built in 1996, then enlarged in 2006.  It is equipped with steel vats with temperature control and with oak casks of a capacity over 22 hectolitres.

Montecucco DOC was established in 1998 by Leonardo Salustri together with another estate.  Followed by Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG in 2011.

The vineyard extension is 20 hectares grown with Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Vermentino (2 hectares within the province of Massa Carrara).  The azienda is in the heart of Tuscan Maremma on the slopes of Monte Amiata near the medieval town of Cinigiano, and between Montalcino (the estate is just 15 kilometers from Montalcino) and Scansano.

The hills of Poggi del Sasso, where the vineyards stand, have a particularly favorable microclimate for viticulture, due to the altitude and to the sea breezes, the concentration of sunshine on the hilltops, and due to the composition of the soil.  In fact this area is ideal for organic farming, as there are very few problems with disease and pests.  The estate has been certified organic since 1994.

Leonardo Salustri and his son Marco manage the estate directly, without consultants, following the tradition of Maremma and of their family.  The grapes are monitored closely throughout the vegetative cycle and the clusters are selected carefully during harvest so that only the best grapes are vinified.

Sourced from 50+ year old vines from vineyard planted in 1960.  Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation and maceration with the skins  in truncated conic oak casks (22 hectolitres) for approx. 20 days, Punching down of the cap three/four times a day. Malolactic in oak. The wine matures for 24 months in oak casks (capacity 22-50 hectolitres). Finishing in the bottle for approx. 1 year.

Intense ruby red color.  Aromatics have very fine intensity and persistence.  Raspberry, hard black cherry, licorice, tobacco leaf and clove.  Full-bodied, mouth filling, concentrated, with a very elegant tannin.  Excellent vintage!  Great alternative to Brunello di Montalcino.

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