December 2015 Selection

Sangiovese, a variety that never fails to surprise

December 2015 Selection

Terre a Mano Carmignano 2012 (2 bottles)
Morisfarms Barbaspinosa 2012 (2 bottles)
Sorbaiano Montescudaio Rosso 2014 (2 bottles)

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About this selection...

Whenever the Sangiovese variety is mentioned we immediately think of Tuscany, the region in Italy were this indigenous grape seems most firmly rooted... We find it in Montalcino, with its noble Brunello; in Bolgheri, with its powerful reds and impressive reputation; in Chianti, where the sincerity of its wines has conquered the whole world... Italy's most representative variety can be found in the very old and the relatively new denominations, and both large and small regions, but none of them particularly well known.

With our selection this month we want to give you the chance to experience three reds in which the Sangiovese assumes the role of master of ceremonies in the company of other varieties: a Carmignano, a Monteregio di Massa Marittima and a Montescudaio. The first one, the Carmignano goes back a long way in history and was already much appreciated in the 1300s, although it has a very restricted production area today of 100 ha. The Monteregio di Massa Marittima is a comparatively little known wine which picks up the warmth and aromas of the Maremma Grossetana. We finish with the Montescudaio, a denomination where we find a group of wineries very committed to their land and the high quality of their wines.

Three wines excellently made, expressive and versatile, which are perfect companions to the traditional festive dishes. Three wines which your relatives and friends will be most surprised by, and we hope we'll have given you quite a surprise too... a very pleasant one.

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Terre a Mano Carmignano 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Fattoria di Bacchereto Carmignano, Italy Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero, Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle: £18.50 club members / £21.11 non-members

Fattoria di Bacchereto is a winery located in Seano, in the province of Prato, to the north of the Carmignano denomination. Its very lively and expressive wines are still fairly unknown, however they also happen to be one of the most interesting exponents of the district's wine-making tradition.

Fattoria di Bacchereto works with total respect for the environment, avoiding the use of herbicides, chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and is a member of Renaissance des Appellations, an international association of biodynamic wine producers, founded in 2001 by Nicholas Joli.

The winery produces less than 10,000 bottles of its Terre a Mano Carmignano, using a coupage of Sangiovese (75%), Canaiolo (10%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). The grapes originate from vineyards which grow on slopes with chalky and clay soils, on the very hills where the Medici family used to go hunting back in the 1500s. Harvesting, totally by hand and carried out over various days, takes place during the first fortnight of October. Once inside the winery, fermentation occurs in concrete tanks by means of indigenous yeasts. Afterwards, the wine ages on its lees in 350-litre French Allier oak barrels and is bottled 12 to 18 months later, without being clarified or filtered.

In the glass, it appears a bright ruby-red colour which indicates a lively, healthy wine. On the nose, it reveals notes of cherries in liqueur, plums, flowers, sandalwood, tobacco, black pepper and hints of leather. On the palate, the acidity and minerality are the ideal counterbalance for the fruit's sweetness and prove most inviting. Terre a Mano Carmignano is supple on the palate, with distinct and well integrated tannins which lead on to a slightly menthol and persistent finish.

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Terre a Mano Carmignano 2012
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Morisfarms Barbaspinosa 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Morisfarms Monteregio di Massa Marittima, Italy Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle: £9.78 club members / £11.11 non-members

The territory of Monteregio extends to the south-east of Bolgheri and comprises the so-called Colline Metallifere (metal-bearing hills), in the mountain range of the Alta Maremma Grossetana. Originally from Spain, the Moris family settled here some 200 years ago now and devoted themselves to cultivating a land that was virtually untouched and bountiful, especially as regards wine production.

Nowadays, the winery's estate totals almost 500 ha, of which 37 are located in the Monteregio di Massa Marittima denomination. The vineyards grow on these lands at an altitude that ranges between 80 and 100 metres above sea level, on clay soils with a high limestone content.

Morisfarms Barbaspinosa is made from a coupage in which the Sangiovese predominates, with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermented in concrete tanks, the wine ages for a year in the used oak barrels in which the winery's flagship, Avvoltore, had previously matured.

A dense ruby colour, Barbaspinosa emanates rich enveloping aromas of red and black fruits, cloves, cinnamon and other sweet notes including cherry, raspberry and blackberry on a refreshing menthol background. On the palate it appears warm and smooth, but supported by some firm tannins. A well-made, modern-style, flavoursome and profound wine which delivers a long finish that offers fruit and spicy hints.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Morisfarms Barbaspinosa 2012
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Sorbaiano Montescudaio Rosso 2014 (2 bottles)

Red. Fattoria Sorbaiano Montescudaio, Italy Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Malvasia Nera

Bottle: £6.82 club members / £7.75 non-members

Fattoria Sorbaiano has been one of the founding wineries of the "Consorzio Vino DOC Montescudaio", an organisation comprising 14 wineries which have been involved in a praiseworthy project: the full implementation of organic and biodynamic farming methods in the area.

The Fattoria Sorbaiano's pleasant site, one of the most attractive to be found in the Cecina Valley, is located in the area furthest inland and the highest part of the Montescudaio denomination, at 400 metres above sea level. Here the winery maintains 27 ha of vineyards that extend from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the city of Volterra, in a region whose wine-producing tradition dates back to the Etruscan period, but which in present times is noted for its high quality products thanks to the efforts of small wineries.

Fattoria Sorbaiano produces about 100,000 bottles a year and has invested considerably in the modernisation of its facilities and the management of its vineyards which have held organic certification since 2013.

Montescudaio Rosso is a captivating wine, fruity, floral and easily drinkable. Its vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks where it remains for several months before being bottled. Its ruby-red colour provides proof of its youthfulness, as do its fresh fruit (cherry, plum, blackberry) aromas with an earthy undertone. It appears well-balanced on the palate, toning down its youthful vigour with a creamy texture, some pleasurable tannins and considerable juiciness. In short, a wine that offers a very enjoyable and relaxed drink, ready for immediate enjoyment.

Pasta with bolognese sauce

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Sorbaiano Montescudaio Rosso 2014
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