This wine, of great structure and concentration, is designed to reward extensive cellaring. The grapes for this wine come from the 1.01-hectare (2.4 acres) vineyard called S. Ercolano at 300 to 350 meters (~1,100ft) in elevation, just outside the town of Montepulciano (Siena).
Vineyard Location: southern exposure on a gently sloping hillside. Vineyard age: planted in 1995 at a density of 2.80 x 0.8 meters, 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
Vinification small lot fermentation at 25-30 °C using indigenous yeasts in small concrete vats. Fifteen-day maceration with frequent aerations, pump overs and punch downs of the cap for optimum polyphenol extraction. Aging in small (lt.225) new French and American oak barrels for 12 months. No filtration. Fining in temperature-controlled cellar for over 45 months.
Color: dark, deep, blackish ruby hue. Bouquet: bold and intense, with black currants, licorice, black pepper and a hint of vanilla. Taste: full bodied palate with exceptional black fruit intensity and spice. Great structure with well integrated, supple tannins and a long, persistent finish.
Best served with roasts and grilled meats.
Small production (2,000 bottles). Analytical data at the time of bottling: total acidity 4.8 per thousand, color 14.05, sugar 1.88 per thousand, polyphenols 3,652 mg / l, dry extract 30.4 g / l.