Estate: Renowned for his biodynamic viticulture and ancient winemaking methods, Stefano Amerighi is a pioneer and rock star of Tuscan Syrah. Dedicated to crafting “grand Syrah through the farming traditions of the family, passion, knowledge in the world of wine and the practice of biodynamics”, Stefano identified an area suited to Syrah. Located in southern Tuscany, almost at the Umbrian border, the area is called Chiuso di Cortona. In 2002 he planted 8 hectares of vineyards on the slopes of 2 south/southeast facing hills, creating his Poggiobello di Farneta cru.
Winemaking: The estate is certified biodynamic. Organic, sustainable, low intervention and ancient methods are used in the vineyard and cellar. The total absence of any corrective additions, “the pressing in the ancient way, with the feet, make a true mirror of my grapes in this vintage”. Soil is a mix of clay, silt and chalk. Fermented with wild yeasts “in small concrete vats and without the use of pumps, sulphur or temperature control” aged for 14 months in a combination of wood and cement tanks. Unfined, unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Inky violet in colour, with aromas of dark fruit, black pepper, black grape, violet, rose petal, forest floor and a hint of leather. Blackberry, plum, pomegranate, crushed black peppercorn, leather and a meaty vein glide over a framework of muscular tannins and fresh acidity. Crushed black peppercorn, rose petal, black cherry, forest floor and a trace of eucalyptus saturate the plush finish. Luxurious and complex, with an intricate harmony of power and grace.
Estate Bottled by Stefano Amerighi Vignaiolo
$40 [average price]
Purchased and photographed in Italy.