Wine

Arrogant and timid, Montalcino arises on an isolated ridge that dominates

the Val d'Orcia. Our wines, children of the territory, but also of Annibale, are austere when young, opening up over time to become amiable in a very Tuscan way, complex but drinkable, structured but delicate.

Only two hectares (about five acres) of vineyards, or rather ten thousand Sangiovese vines, this is all we have, but we have always preferred quality over quantity: a unique panorama, the woods to protect us, the altitude, a constant breeze and a wonderful northeast exposure.

But grapes don't grow perfect and whole on their own, so every year we perform about 40 activities in order to bring the best fruit to the cantina. We live here and our children play freely here, and it is for this reason that we are a certified, organic winery. Guided by our love of nature and with profound respect, we love seeing so much biodiversity around our home.

The two hectares comprise three vineyards, each taking the name of one of the three sisters.

Jiuditta Vineyard is the smallest of the three. About 1,300 Sangiovese vines with large grapes, the original Brunello clone, grown on a sandy-tufaceous soil that faces the Val d'Orcia.

Valentina Vineyard on the other hand, comprises 3,200 vines grown on clay-schist soil, called galestro. This soil imparts a great minerality to the fruit.

Carlotta Vineyard is the largest with about 5,000 vines that grow on sandy-tufaceous soil of marine origins. It surrounds and protects the great, ancient oak tree and is nestled in the woods.

The grapes from these three vineyards are harvested and fermented separately, then united in our Rosso di Montalcino DOC, our Bruenllo di Montalcino DOCG or in our Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva. Each vineyard, as with each sister, is characterised by a unique personality that enriches the blend.

Only the family, Agim and Niccolò participate in the harvest, which takes place between the final days of September and the first days of October. The grapes are harvested and carefully selected by hand. This is followed by a cryo-maceration to extract more aromas and colour, and a fermentation with spontaneous yeasts. Before it is bottled, the wine undergoes a light filtration, therefore, there may be a small amount of sediment but this does not compromise the quality in any way. We advise opening the bottles at least an hour before drinking the wine at a temperature of 16-18℃, and of course it is even better when drunk in good company.

2006 was our first Brunello harvest. As we couldn't find a printing press for the label that had the right colours for Annibale, he decided to do it himself. From that moment on he has painted by hand every single label, for ten, long years and a total of nearly 50,000 bottles. This final touch is something that has distinguished us from the beginning, and we will continue to do it always. Annibale, however, has many new projects but a little less energy, so he decided in 2023 to paint one bottle in every six, often in front of visiting guests. Therefore, in every box of Brunello you will find one original label: Annibale's creation that is all yours.

All our wines are made with the same grape, Sangiovese, and with the same care both in the vineyard and in the cantina. But each one, in its distinct character, could be destined for different moments and pairings. To the frequent question "What is your favourite wine, Annibale?," the even more frequent response is: "That would be like choosing between my three daughters!"

Rosso di Montalcino Doc

The youngest in the house, that is not really that young. Fermentation in stainless steel vats is immediately followed by racking with a hydraulic press. After three months in steel vats, the wine is transferred to Slavonian oak barrels of 20-30 hectolitres.

Even though the regulations for the Rosso require two years of ageing not necessarily in wood, Annibale leaves it to rest for at least 18 months in large barrels and two years in the bottle before releasing it on the market. This long period means that when the wine is sold it is effectively ready.

It's like a small Brunello in its complexity and longevity yet it has a delicate structure that best pairs with... itself!To the taste, the hints of floral and balsamic spice combine with cherry and other red fruit. It is vertical, with refined and well-integrated tannins, and an aromatic finish. A wine that is perilously easy to drink but is never prosaic.

Brunello di Montalcino Docg

Sangiovese needs time to perfect its tannins and its vigorous acidity, gaining complexity and a velvety sensation in the mouth. For this reason, Annibale ages his Brunello for a total of six years rather than the five required by the regulations, of which three and a half years in large barrels. It is a wine whose strong point is its balance between elegance and structure.

Beyond the length of ageing, Brunello differs from Rosso in its fermentation, which occurs in truncated, conical Slavonic oak vats, and it remains on the skins for about two weeks at the end of fermentation.

Its nose speaks of the woods that surround NostraVita, with scents of raspberry, moss, rosemary, wild rose and burnt oak. Tannins that roar but are not coarse will lead you to a finish that is consistent with the nose on a path through the woods.

Brunello di Montalcino
Riserva Docg

Brunello Riserva follows the same vinification of Brunello but is only produced in exceptional years, therefore it corresponds to wines with great potential for ageing.

Although this wine is not lacking in elegance and equilibrium, the word that best describes it is "power."

Not only red fruits but also darker fruits like blackberries, black cherries and plums: leave it a moment in the glass and these are joined by more exotic notes such as cinammon, sandalwood and the minerality of graphite. Mentholated balsamic and echoes of tobacco contribute to the harmony of a sip with great tannic structure, complexity and balance.

"Lupo di Tinaccio"
Brunello di Montalcino
Riserva Docg

The name originates in Annibale's study of an antique manuscript which tells of a singular personage, a magistrate of the 13th century with a determined and independent character, one Lupo di Tinaccio. For the production of this wine we select grapes of greater structure and complexity from the small Giuditta vineyard. "Lupo" is produced only in years of the Riserva and in very limited quantities. In this case, the label is not paper but is painted directly on the bottle by Annibale.

It is our pride and joy, produced in very limited quantities. Compared to the Brunello, this wine is more structured and, therefore, characterised by greater complexity, both aromatic and gustatory. However, it requires an even longer ageing period. It is an ample and deep wine, with a hard introduction ("The wolf bites") then it loosens up. Roots, blackberries, leaves and dried flowers, tea, leather, red and black fruits. Succulent, it fills the mouth and has a long finish, evoking again the suggestions found at the nose.

It is a wine "to listen to:" leave it open for hours or even days and each time it will tell you a new story. Without a doubt it is an ideal wine with which to celebrate your special moments in life, making them unforgettable.