Vallepicciola Pievasciata Rosso Super Tuscan 2018
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Just wow! We’ve tasted a lot of great wines and many incredible Super Tuscans such as Tignanello, Sassicaia or Ornellaia, but this Super Tuscan blend from Vallepicciola is certainly a match for the leading Super Tuscan Royalty at a mere fraction of the price.
We’re not the only ones to be impressed. James Suckling rated this vintage 92 Points and it also scores very highly on Vivino at 4.1 out of 5.0
The colour will be the first thing to impress. It’s a deep dark, ruby red colour. On the nose, there are rich aromas of black cherry, cedar clove and vanilla. On the palate there is more vanilla, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, balsamic, jam, raisin, prune, fig, black pepper, savoury and sweet spice and liquorice flavours. Dry with balanced acidity giving it a tangy freshness and mellow tannins from barrel ageing. Very full bodied and full in the mouth as well as richly viscous in the glass. It also has a very satisfying, long lasting finish.
Ready to drink, even though it’s young. The Sangiovese grape adds to the ageing potential and it evolves beautifully in the bottle into something even more impressive.
We do recommend decanting this wine at least one hour before drinking but it’s still worth a wow straight from the bottle. We guarantee, you’ll feel you’re drinking a wine at of at least four times the price.
Food pairings, Veal, Poultry, Beef (spaghetti bolognese or spaghetti with meatballs), Tuscan-style sausages and beans, Roast lamb with rosemary and garlic or aged cheeses. Cured meats.
Appellation: IGT TOSCANA
Production Area: Pievasciata, Castelnuovo Berardenga
Cultivation system: Spurred Cordon and Guyot
Alcohol content: 14% vol
|REGION:||Tuscany (Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI))|
|GRAPE:||Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Sangiovese 20%|
|SHELF LIFE:||20 Years|
Alcoholic fermentation in steel vats with maceration on the skins for 7-10 days. Malolactic fermentation in barrique oak barrels. Ageing in French oak barriques for 8-10 months and 4-6 months in the bottle.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Chianti Classico, at 10 minutes from Siena, our 105-hectars estate vineyards have been planted selecting the best area for each of our Sangiovese, Pinot Nero, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc e Chardonnay.
The history of Vallepicciola began in 1999, when the businessman Bruno Bolfo and his sister Giuseppina, originally from Liguria, decided to renovate an old nunnery, abandoned for decades, which was located near their country house in Pievasciata, small village close to Castelnuovo Berardenga, a few kilometers from Siena. Today the convent is the wonderful 5-star Hotel Le Fontanelle that attracts tourists from all over the world, thanks to a unique, elegant structure and a special attention to every detail. The Vallepicciola farm was born near the hotel, which today produces 12 wines using only its own grapes, as well as vin santo, grappa and olive oil.
Vallepicciola is located on the eastern side of Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the province of Siena.
Owned by the Bolfo family, it has 24 full-time employees, coordinated by CEO Alberto Colombo. The consultant winemaker is Riccardo Cotarella, while the cellar manager is Erasmo Mazzone. Guardian of the vineyards, as an agronomist, is Francesco Beni. The estate, 265 hectares among woods, vines and olive trees of Moraiolo, Leccino and Frantoio varieties, enjoys a mild microclimate, the ideal condition for wine production: the hectares under vineyards are currently 105, with a major presence of the king of the Tuscan vines, Sangiovese, intended mainly for the production of Chianti Classico, and even
international varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay, used for IGT Toscana wines.
Spread over the hilly areas to the left of the Arbia river, the vineyards were selected and planted following and supporting the composition of the soils and areas, in which amalgamations of clay, limestone marl, bluish marl, tuff, sandstone and sand alternate. The great variability of the soils gives richness, elegance and uniqueness to the wines that come to life in Vallepicciola.
The company philosophy is in fact closely linked to its terroir: the principle is that the wines must be a unique expression of their land, climate and work done in the vineyard, and that the vineyard management has to be carried on with a sustainable approach, to be bequeathed to future generations.
Year after year Vallepicciola is reducing both use of herbicides, with the aim of reaching zero in the next two years (2021-2022), and treatments in the vineyard, in order to preserve the environment and produce wines more healthy, genuine and tasty.
Since 2017, with the help of Wine Research Team, managed by the oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, and AGER, spin off of University of Milan, Vallepicciola has been pursuing a better and more scientific management of agricultural activities, all of which are within the field of precision agriculture, in order to make an important saving of water, energy and time. Thanks also to the new photovoltaic system located on the roof of the building, the winery today is largely energy self-sufficient.
- 93 pt. Luca Maroni
- 92 pt. James Suckling