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Poggio Stenti Maremma Toscana Rosso DOC 2015
Poggio Stenti is a small family winery, managed by Eleonora Pieri. Annual production from their small estate is less than 1000 cases. They also grow olives, to be made into their own olive oil, and her father (Carlo) is one of the most famous salumi producers in Tuscany. His shop in S. Angelo Scalo, the “Macellerina Norcinera”, is known around Tuscany for prosciutto (from his own farm-raised pigs), house-cured finocchiona, and ammazzafegato (meaning “liver-killer, a dark, spicy pork sausage).
The region known as Montecucco, is a relatively new DOC in Tuscany. Poggio Stenti is specifically located in Monte Amiata, a prized location which borders the historic vineyards of Montalcino, a few kilometres east.
Poggio Stenti’s hillside vineyards are at 200 meters above sea level, along the Orcia River, which separates Sienna Province (where Montalcino is located) from Grosetto Province. The soil has a high percentage of clay which helps maintain water reserves from winter and spring rainfall which helps to support the vines during the hot, dry summer growing period. This avoids stress and allows for excellent phenolic (skins and pips) ripeness.
Most of the vineyards are planted to Sangiovese, but they also grow a few rows of Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Trebbiano and Vermentino for an IGT white wine. In addition to Tribulo, they also make Pian di Staffa Montecucco Riserva, made from 100% Sangiovese with 30 months ageing in Slavonian oak barrels.
Maremma Rosso DOC is made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes harvested in mid-September, from estate vineyards, when they have reached sugar levels of 22-23 percent. The skin is thick and the pulp dense, with fully mature seeds. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks for 15 days, with skin contact to allow for good polyphenolic extraction. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in stainless-steel tanks. The wine ages for about 10 months in stainless steel tanks to maintain the bright fruit character. The wine is then kept for an additional six months in bottle before release.
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