Fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.
Tuscany :: Italy
The Renieri tenuta, or winery estate, comprises 128 hectares in the southern quadrant of Montalcino, on slopes that face Monte Amiata. 30 hectares of vineyards are planted at an elevation of 350-420 metres, forming an arc from southeast to southwest. New vines were planted in 1998, at a density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The yield at just one kg. per vine, the equivalent of one bottle of wine, entails the least stress per plant and ensures perfectly ripened fruit, and thus optimal quality. The principal grape variety at Renieri is Sangiovese. International varietals are also grown here including: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Petit Verdot. Blends of these varieties make up two different IGT wines whose highly-respected quality prove that Sangiovese is not the only grape that flourishes in the Montalcino zone. The local soils are largely volcanic, with strata of schistous limestone and rock. Also typical of the area are soils made up of the reddish terra rossa clays, and calcareous tufa.
25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest period: September.
Maceration: 14 days
Fermentation temperature: 29-31° C.
3 months in barriques
Pretty garnet hue
Clean with berry, forest floor, leather and spice layers
Soft and rich, silky and generous, round berry finish
Decant and serve with rare steak or lamb chops
“vinolok” glass stopper