Sanforte 100%Sanforte is a rare indigenous grape that found its ideal environment in our terroir. It grows in our old vineyard of 65 years, as well as in two newly grafted plots using selected shoots. Sanforte is a vigorous grape, that grows naturally and easily in our vineyards, allowing it to fully express its typicity. DNA- The latest research told us what we have always been convinced of- that Sanforte is its own variety, clearly distinct from Sangiovese. For a few years, we experimented with vinifying small batches of Sanforte to understand its properties and characteristics. In 2016, we saw our first bottling of 100% Sanforte.
Roasted red meats and wild game.
Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera, and Bonamico.
Harvest and Winemaking
Special attention is taken during harvest, which takes place by hand, to choose the highest quality grapes coming from a vineyard over 60 years old. Sangiovese and local variety grapes grow together, mixed in the same vine plot, which provides a biodiversity to the grapes that allow them to stay together from the vine to the bottle. The vines face north east, with a density of 3000 plants per hectare. Cosimo represents an important example of how our territory can express itself with an absolute elegance and finesse, resulting in excellence. Vinified in small 10Hl open containers, the must is pumped down manually multiple times a day to extract all the aromas and flavors that are characteristic of these grape varities. The fermentation on the skins takes place without the addition of selected yeasts or enological additives. The natural malolactic fermentation takes place in barriques and tonneaux of 2nd, 3rd or 4th passage, where the wine will mature for around 12-18 months. For bottling, a small amount of sulfur dioxide is used.
Cosimo expresses a multitude of complex and layered aromas: starting with fruits like plums and blackberries, to rose and pot-pourri, followed by sweet spices and hints of tobacco. On the palate, the wine is austere, with dark fruits that blend beautifully with the tannings, and has a long persistence, expressing an elegant balance between freshness and alcohol.
Red meats, wild game, and aged cheeses are enticingly complex pairings with this old vine blend.
Harvest and Winemaking
The grapes are hand selected and sorted for quality, coming from our best vineyards- from the highest hill facing southwest. The vine training is cordon/spur.Nicole is the result of a natural fermentation of our Sangiovese grapes, without any enological additives. The vinification takes place in large wooden barrels, with pumping down occurring daily. Ageing occurs in 40Hl wooden barrels for about 10 months, and then bottled without filtration.
Ruby red in color, Nicole is an example of the elegance and refinement that Sangiovese can achieve. Tannins are present, but are soft and well-integrated. Intriguing and complex aromas, with red fruits well-known to the grape variety. An extraordinarily balanced and harmonious red wine.
Well suited for sausages, traditiona Tuscan pasta dishes, semi-aged cheeses, red meats and offal, and tripe. It beautifully pairs with tomato and fish soup.