Almost 100% Sangiovese with a touch of Canaiolo and Canina Nera, this is made in a classical style, medium bodied with lots of fruit character, light tannins and a spicy finish. It is authentic and true to the Gaiole terroir.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Wine has been made at Montecalvi since the 1400s. Montecalvi was for centuries part of the Castello di’Uzzano estate, at one time owned by Niccolò da Uzzano, a Florentine politician in the Medici era, and latterly owned by Don Briano Carlo Maria Castelbarco-Albani Visconti Simonetta dei principi di Montignano (the Count Castelbarco). It was farmed throughout this period according to the mezzadria system, by which local farmers farmed the estate for, and shared the year’s harvest with, the castello.
Montecalvi became an independent estate in the 1980s and is now owned by the Drake family, owners of Collalto in the Adelaide Hills region of Australia. They have set about upgrading and updating the vineyards, restoring the old vines (they have one of the oldest vineyards in Tuscany, planted in 1932) and replanting with indigenous Italian varieties. They are now a certified organic estate and all that they do is with an eye towards sustainable farming in the vineyard and making wines (and olive oil) that are the best reflection of their particular place in their particular part of Tuscany.
Fantastic with Italian cured meats