Cerbaiona is a manor house dating from the 1600s, with a small private chapel and a renaissance garden supported by a high embankment. From this location at 400 meters above sea level, just northeast of the town of Montalcino, the view looks towards Pienza, and tucked off to the south, hovers Monte Amiata. The towering Maremma cypress and intimate villa of Cerbaiona are a landmark travelers see as they head to Montalcino from Torrenieri. Cerbaiona has defined this corner of the Montalcino for centuries, and long before there was an appellation “Brunello di Montalcino”, it was said: Il vino più buono viene da la Cerbaiona. Those were the first indications of a place particularly suited to growing Sangiovese; and the intimation of a cru vineyard.
Sour cherries, brambly berries, warm loam, new leather, underbrush and crushed herbs mingle with smoky minerals and milk chocolate in this expressive, balanced ’16 Rosso di Montalcino. Deriving from a recently leased vineyard sporting white clay soils and located downslope of Cerbaiona’s existing holdings, this Rosso di Montalcino was earmarked as a Brunello, but as it evolved, its makers saw an opportunity to craft a rich, evocative and powerful Rosso di Montalcino. 2016 saw a high quality, low production harvest of ripe, aromatic and balanced grapes, and this wine reflects its superb vintage in its elegant tannins, juicy fruits, vivid acidity and sustained, pure finish. A blend of organically grown grapes, this Rosso spends about 18 months in barrel before bottling.