Save 10% on this certified-organic Sangiovese from the heartland of Brunello!
The small Le Presi wine company was founded in 1970 by Bruno Fabbri, who in 1998 handed most responsibilty over to his son, Gianni. In the last ten years Gianni has refined the company’s winemaking practices by adopting the latest organic methods. Now certified organic by Italian authorities, the estate harvests by hand and boasts its own vinifying and aging facility.
Nestled in the heart of Siena’s Montalcino wine zone, “Le Presi” is the local dialect term used to describe the method of terracing vineyards, which in this winery’s case are ideally exposed, and stretch for over four hectares outside the town of Castelnuovo dell’Abate.
The area of Montalcino is internationally-renowned for its Brunello, but Le Presi also produces Rosso di Montalcino, an appellation assigned in 1983 as an alternative to the Brunello designation. It gives Brunello producers the chance to release the wine just one year after the vintage (compared with Brunello’s expensive four-year aging process). Roughly 1,400 acres of the Montalcino zone is used to grow Sangiovese for producing Rosso, resulting in the wine’s nickname: “Baby Brunello”.
Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, Le Presi’s Rosso di Montalcino spends six months in stainless steel plus a further ten months in large barrels of oak, in a cellar situated under one of the village’s narrow medieval lanes. Each year Gianni and Bruno produce just 5,000 bottles of Rosso, a wine which has an excellent aging potential, meaning the best vintages should still be drinking beautifully in a decade’s time.
Rosso di Montalcino 2004 Le Presi
$27.00 (was $30.00)
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