This wine is specially aged in bottle in the Potentino Cellars until Charlotte, the Winemaker, decides it has reached the right moment of evolution and is ready for proper aging. The wine is a celebration of the mysterious processes that occur within the bottle after the barrel.
The vineyard at the Castello di Potentino is situated on the slopes of the highest peak in Tuscany, Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano. The estate is located about 30miles from the Montalcino DOCG area, separated by the river Orcia, in the recently created (1998) Montecucco DOC. The low, sheltered valley provides summertime hot days but cold nights as the cool air comes down from the mountain. The earth is volcanic, geologically very new, mineral rich and the basin-like shape has of the estate vineyard has helped avoid erosion over the millennia and . This minerality creates a notably sapid and fine wine, with subtle bouquets and a rich but not heavy body. Vines have gown here since the time of the Etruscans and the location has helped protect from the impact from intensive monoculture. Only wild yeasts are used in the production of the wines and alongside large oak (5hl), minimal fining and filtration and low levels of added sulphur the potential of the estate’s grapes are allowed to shine.
100 % Sangiovese fermented and aged in 50 Hl barrels of French Oak for 24 months. A beautiful translucent appearance with ruby highlights, intensely floral, with violet and rose notes, sage, savoury and wild penny mint. Complex and extremely sublimated, with fine web-like acidity and subtle resonant tannins.