This wine, of great structure and concentration, is designed to reward extensive cellaring. 100% Sangiovese, the grapes for this wine come from the 1.33 hectare (3.20 acres) Poggio Sant’Enrico Piccolo and the 3.65 hectare (8.76 acres) Poggio Sant’Enrico Grande vineyards. These are situated between 300 and 350 meters (~1,000ft) in elevation just outside the town of Montepulciano (Siena). After small lot fermentation in cement vats, the wine is placed in new American and French oak barrels, for a period of 12 months. Following this, the unfiltered wine is bottled and stored in temperature controlled cellars for approx 45 months before release.
The Poggio Sant’Enrico Piccolo vineyard was planted in 1978 and Poggio Sant’Enrico Grande planted in 1995.
The appearance is a dark, deep blackish-ruby hue. The nose is bold and intense, with black fruit and plum aromas, black pepper, walnut and hints of vanilla. On the palate, this wine is full-bodied with exceptional black fruit intensity. Big structured, with supple tannins and a long, persistent finish. Best served with roasts and grilled meats, especially “fiorentina-style” T-Bone steak.