Yes, it was back last February after the SF Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting when a group of us gathered at La Nebbia for some “convivality”. Sylvia Vannucci, the owner and winemaker of Piaggia was amongst us, and she generously shared her 2012 II Sasso from the family’s estate vineyard in the Carmignano DOCG about 14 km west of Florence.
So it was with great dismay when I learned the black cherry pie-like, balsamic tinged, lush, mouthfilling 2012 Il Sasso was a “suitcase” bottle, and not available until the end of summer!! WHAT??
Super tight spacing of 2600 vines per acre is key to the low yields produced to make this intensely aromatic and flavored wine. Hand picked and sorted, fermented spontaneously on indigenous yeast, this is a masterful blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot. After a 20 day maceration, the wine is aged in small French oak barrels for at least 15 months. No filtration or clarification is practiced other than racking.
“Plush, bursting with black cherry, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors, tinged by spice accents. All the components are in proportion. Dark fruit and spice flavors emerge on the long finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,250 cases made”. – 92 points – Wine Spectator (Sept 2015)