Estate: Salcheto was established over 30 years ago. At its inception is was a classic farm sharecrop that has now developed into a highly innovative winery. Winemaker Michele Manelli has led the estate since 1997. The area was once known for its abundant willow trees and takes its name from the stream that runs thru the trees. Salcheto strives to maintain a balance with nature through sustainable farming and winemaking practices; these include biodynamic and organic methods. Winner of the Sustainable Viticulture Award in 2014, they are replanting those willow trees, and have a goal of 100% sustainability and a neutral carbon footprint. Since 2011 they have been “off the grid”, producing all of the energy needed from harvest to cellaring on the estate. They achieved this admirable status by utilizing methods such as Solar Photovoltaic, geothermal and biomasses systems.
Philosophy: A goal of crafting “terroir and Sangiovese oriented wines focused on drinkability and aromatic accuracy, with winemaking that is sulfite free and uses indigenous yeasts”. They strive “to bring romance and passion to the science of fine winemaking, blending time-honored tradition with modern technology”.
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from the “Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile vineyards, one bottle per plant, it ferments in wood and ages in large and small oak barrels for 18 months to then refine at least 6 months in the bottle”.
Tasting Notes: Garnet with brick edges in colour. Extremely aromatic with cherry, toasted oak, peppery spice and floral hints radiating with each swirl. This is a big, lovely wine with black cherry, cherry, plum and traces of strawberry that are commanded by earth, peppery spices, leather and silky smooth tannins. The desert dry finish contributes to the well balanced harmony and robust character.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Estate Bottled by Societa Agricola Salcheto s.r.l.
$25 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2020