Brunello di Montalcino


100% Sangiovese Grosso. The Padovani sisters have around 4.2 contiguous, hilly hectares near Poggio San Polo in the SE part of the Montalcino zone. The farming is certified-biodynamic and the harvest by hand. Their Brunello comes from a mere hectare's worth of fruit from prized Vigna del Bosco parcel. Surrounded entirely by the woods or bosco for which it was named, the site is 1.7 hectares of steep, south-facing vines with soils ranging from galestro (rocky, schistous clay) at the top to albarese (limestone-clay marl) further downslope, with many variations between. The Padovanis planted the Vigna del Bosco in 1999-2000, farm it biodynamically (certified) and harvest it by hand in multiple passes.

Like their vineyard work, the cellar work at Fonterenza is generally traditional but more than anything mindful and meticulous. The Brunello is the only red not destemmed by hand; but it is destemmed, gently crushed and macerated from 20-30 days, depending on the vintage, while fermentation kicks off spontaneous yeasts in Slavonian oak vats; the nature of the vintage also determines whether the cap is punched down or kept submerged. The wine ages in wood of various origins and sizes for several years, always well beyond the minimum of two years required by the DOCG. Bottled without filtration in 2019, the 2013 spent 6 years in a 25-hectoliter botte and is a concentrated, complex wine: riserva-level in character and beyond riserva in its aging but not indicated as such on the label. Production maxes out at 6500 bottles.

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