Estate: Brothers Paolo and Lorenzo Marchionni founded their winery in the land they grew up in, the hills just southwest of Florence, in Chianti Colli Fiorentini. Learning from their parents, friends and neighboring farmers, they believe in little intervention in the vineyard and cellar, they farm biodynamically and organically [certified organic since 2011]. The 7 hectares of vineyards are located on steep slopes with mixed limestone, marl, sand and loose clay soils.
Foundation: “If we only and exclusively entrust ourselves to the “technique”, we could not free in that fruit and wine its soul and its territorial root.”
Winemaking: ‘L’erta’ [meaning “steep ascent”] is the “cru” wine of the estate, it is only made in the best vintages. Grapes are hand selected row by row from the best parcels, from steep hillside vineyards planted in 1993, 1998 and 2002. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel and cement tanks, aged 14 months in barrels, then 6 months in cement tanks, followed by 14 months in the bottle. Unfiltered and unfined.
Tasting Notes: Garnet in colour with aromas of cherry compote, fig, lavender, clove, cigar box spice, anise and peppery spice. Red and black cherry, fig, plum, vanilla, black pepper, earth and Tuscan underbrush are framed by strong black tea tannins and fresh acidity. Cherry, clove, leather, licorice and flinty minerality linger on the velvety finish. Rich and sumptuous.
Italy Estate Bottled by Paolo e Lorenzo Marchionni
€25 [Purchased in Italy]