Wine of great pedigree produced in extremely limited quantity (4,000 bottles) and endowed with all the characteristics that reward extensive cellaring. The grapes for this wine come from the 1.33-hectare (3.20 acres) Poggio Sant’Enrico Piccolo and the 3.65-hectare (8.76 acres) Poggio Sant’Enrico Grande vineyards. These are situated between 300 and 350 meters (~1,000ft) in elevation just outside the town of Montepulciano.
Vineyard Location: southern exposure on rolling hillsides. Vineyard age: Poggio Sant’Enrico Piccolo planted in 1978, Poggio Sant’Enrico Grande planted in 1995 at a density of 2.80x0.80 meters (~9x3 ft), equivalent to 4,464 vines/ha (1,860/ac). Trellising method: trained to a bilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning. Soil: deep, sedimentary, with sandy clay and limestone.
Vinification and maturation
Vinification: small lot fermentation at 25-30 °C, using indigenous yeasts in small concrete vats. Twelve-day maceration with frequent aerations, pump overs and punch downs of the cap for optimum polyphenol extraction. Ageing in small (lt.225) new French and American oak barrels for 12 months. Bottling with no filtration. Fining : in temperature-controlled cellar for over 45 months.
Dark, deep, blackish ruby hue colors. Bouquet: bold and intense, with black fruit and plum aromas, black pepper, walnut and hints of vanilla. Taste: full bodied palate with exceptional black fruit intensity. Great structure with supple tannins and a long, persistent finish.
Best served with roasted and grilled meats.
Analytical data at the time of bottling: alcohol 14.65%, total acidity 5.68 per thousand, color 18.54, sugar 1.61 per thousand, polyphenols 3,945 mg / L, dry extract 33.87 g / L.