Alberese Rosso Toscano Fattoria di Sammontana
A blend of 70% Sangiovese, and 30% Trebbiano from Montelupo Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy from makers Daniele & Andrea.
The name of this wine pays homage to the limestone based Alberese soil that predominates in Chianti area and to which the Sangiovese grape is so amenable. The concept of this wine is one going back many generations where local winemakers would use some of their leftover grapes or lesser parcels to do a co-ferment of red and white and make table wine for the family.
All of the grapes are estate-grown and located all around their property. The soils are pretty consistent around most parcels - limestone and an alluvial influence, very stony, gravelly, a soil where not much else but their vines and olive trees can thrive. The farming has been organic since the first generation in the 1860’s (though officially certified since 2012), and biodynamic across all 16 hectares since 2012.
The Sangiovese and Trebbiano grapes are harvested around the same time and hence vinified together. Destemmed then fermented in large concrete vats where maceration is for only around 2-3 days. The wine is then pressed and returned to concrete though a small part also goes into stainless steel. Bottled in March with a tiny sulphite addition, unfined unfiltered.
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.
Organic, biodynamic, vegan/veggie, low sulphur, unfined and unflitered.