Fattoria di Sammontana Chianti Superiore 'Sanfirenze' 2016

Fattoria di Sammontana Chianti Superiore 'Sanfirenze' 2016

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Tasting notes:
A biodynamic Chianti Classico from 20yo old Sangiovese vines in Montelupo Fiorentino.
The sunny (though 'difficult') 2016 vintage in Tuscany gave great ripeness to the fruits but low yields, resulting in great quality fruits and more concentrated wines in the Chianti Classico area. 
The wine is already showing gorgeous development, but the classic sour cherry note of Sangiovese is still there to shine. 
A wine of great elegance and complexity, with truffle and cedar notes from the barrel aging as well as a morish mineral finish from the gravel rich soil of Montelupo.

 

About the producer:

The Fattoria di Sammontana with the adjacent Romanesque church of the 12th century, originally a property of the Medici family, Grand Dukes of Tuscany , was donated by them to the religious canons of the church of San Lorenzo in Florence.

The monks used this property as a place of rest and retirement, but they also built a large underground cellar and nearby constructed a grand furnace with overlapping arches for the production of pottery and terracotta. 

In 1867, the main building along with the church, furnace and entire farm was bought by Michele Dzieduszycki, a Polish nobleman whom loved spending his vacations in Tuscany.

His son, Maurizio, specialized in art and Renaissance literature, married an Italian woman and thus came to reside permanently in Tuscany. But it is Maurizio’s son, Massimo, to whom we owe credit for first directing the farm to excellence in quality wine and oil production. 

Today, the family - now in its fourth generation - runs the farm according to organic and biodynamic criteria, with the intent to fully preserve and sustain the traditions and winemaking secrets of this land.

Tech sheet:

Winemakers: Daniele & Andrea
Dzieduszycki, Dario Geri
Region: Montelupo Fiorentino,Tuscany, Italy
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 13.5%
Sulphur: 34 mg/l (total)
Suitable for vegans: Yes
Altitude: 150m
Total area farmed: 16 hectares
Soils: Limestone, and very stony, alluvial topsoil, gravel, pebbles
Age of vines: Average of 40 years old

Viticulture: Organic (certified)+Biodynamic