In Badia a Ruoti, in the province of the city of Arezzo, for the past four generations the Cortesi family has owned a small plot of land where the vines that produce this wine, in very limited quantities, have grown for more than eighty years.
90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and Colorino
The municipality of Badia a Ruoti (province of Arezzo)
Altitude of 300 meters above sea level, soil with a calcareous clay composition; this is where the ancient vines are grown with the Tuscan “doppio capovolto,” that is, double-arched cane system.
Our natural farming methods are environmentally friendly: fertilizations are carried out with organic material, and diseases are kept under control only with copper and sulfur treatments. The grape harvest, done by hand, takes place in the first ten days of October. Each vine yields about three kilograms of grapes.
Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts at the temperature of 26° C; contact with the skins for 20 days. The wine ages on its own thin lees for six months in third passage tonneaux (barrels). It is decanted and bottled in the late spring, the year after the harvest.
Bright ruby red with delicate garnet reflections. The nose is immediately greeted with black cherry aromas, associated with notes of underbrush and black spices. The mouth is fresh and sapid; the subtle tannin remains in the mouth up until the pleasantly bitter and dry finish.
First courses with meat, main courses with game, cured meats, aged cheese.