2011 offered a hot, dry summer which lead to an early harvest. Consequently the grapes Prugnolo Gentile aka Sangiovese (80%), Canaiolo Nero (10%) and Mammolo (10%) offered a ripe and powerful base for Susanna to make a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva. After resting thirty months in large mature Slavonian casks and another six months in bottle these wines have been released on the world.
Dark plums, rose petals, terracotta, pepper, leather. The big and dry tannins give the impression this wine is rugged and boney but the fruit and floral characters keep popping in with their charm. You could happily drink this now or over the next 15 years. Serve with a roast leg of lamb.
Susanna Crociani runs this 10 hectares of vines with a lot of love. Tended by hand in the vineyard. The grapes are then taken to Susanna’s 14th Century cellars where the wine is made. A style of traditional, structured and savoury wines are made here. But a core of fruit is the highlight that promises more to come with time in bottle.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
The very first DOCG was awarded in 1980 to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano . 60-80% must be Prugnolo Gentile (aka Sangiovese) and 10-20% Canaiolo. A number of grape varieties can make up the balance.
Widely cultivated across Italy from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. A wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions sees the variety represent easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to benchmarks such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.