Estate: Sergio and Elisabetta Fagiuoli came to Montenidoli (mountain of the little nests) in San Gimignano in the Tuscany region of Italy in 1965. Elisabetta comes from a family with winemaking traditions dating back to the 1700’s in Verona. The estate was set up revolving around these customs and beliefs, most important being respect for the land. They planted land that had long been neglected with indigenous grapes and the traditional varietals of Chianti: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano Gentile, and Malvasia Bianca.
Winemaking: Vineyards are farmed organically, “sunlight and clean air” are thought to be “the best medicine to make the vines healthy, strong, and resistant to disease”. The free-running, freshly pressed juice is fermented slowly, and “bottled as soon as the sugars have fermented, to maintain its freshness”.
Tasting Notes: Pale coral-pink in colour. Elegant and refined, soft berry fruits glide atop a mouth puckering acidity, whilst minerals and a trace of bitter almond comprise the dry finish. Sprightly and refreshing, this is a fantastic companion with lighter dishes, but that vibrant acidity makes it a star with fatty foods, such as the 5 lovely cheeses [from ricotta to a smoked black peppercorn chèvre] I enjoyed it with.
Produced and Bottled by Elisabetta Fagiuoli
$24 [average price]