Wine of great pedigree produced in extremely limited quantity (2,000 bottles) and endowed with all the characteristics that reward extensive cellaring. The grapes come from the 5.04 hectare (12 acres) vineyard called Molin Vecchio, at about 290 to 320 meters (~1,000ft) in elevation, just outside the town of Montepulciano.
Vineyard Location: southern exposure on rolling hillsides. Vineyard age: planted in 1995 at a density of 2.8 x 0.8 meters (~9x3 ft), equivalent to 4,464 vines/ha (1,860/ac). Trellising method: trained to a bilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning. Soil: sandy clay with limestone from the Pliocene era (6 million years ago).
Vinification and maturation
Fermentation in small lots at 25-30 °C using indigenous yeasts. Fifteen day maceration with frequent aeration, pump overs and punch downs of the cap for optimum polyphenol extraction. Malolactic fermentation starts during the primary fermentation it goes on for 10 days after being drawn off the lees. Aging in small (lt.225) new French and American oak barrels for 12 months. The wine was racked then bottled unfiltered, and fined in temperature-controlled cellar for over 45 months.
Color: dark, deep, blackish ruby hue. Bouquet: bold and intense, with blackberries and licorice, black pepper and a hint of vanilla. Taste: full bodied palate with exceptional red fruit intensity and spice. Big structured with well integrated, supple tannins and a long, persistent finish.
Best served with roasts.