About this WINE
This is one of Montalcino’s hidden treasures. Unknown to many, Ferruccio Biondi Santi – credited with “investing” Brunello – planted his first Sangiovese on the best location he could find in the region. This was not the now famous Tenuta Greppo estate, but rather where Scopetone’s vines sit today. This hallowed site to the west of Montalcino is at close to 500 metres’ altitude and has some of the area’s oldest soils; it was replanted in 1978. Over the years, Scopetone carved a reputation as one of the region’s most elegant producers, choosing to let the quality of the vineyards and Sangiovese prevail over winemaking invention. But, sadly, the winery and vineyard fell into neglect.
Scopetone’s name was all but forgotten – until 2009, when local couple Loredana Tanganelli and Antonio Brandi brought new life and new meaning to Montalcino’s original vineyard. They continue to build a reputation for producing some of Montalcino’s purest, most traditional and desirable wines. All 2.5 hectares of vines are organic, although you won’t find certification on the label. Antonio has family vineyards in nearby Montecucco, which give more volume into their IGT. All their vineyards in Montalcino are capable of producing Brunello, so their Rosso is declassified. Sensitive winemaking and the terroir yield wines that are light in colour, incredibly perfumed and expressive, with great ageing capacity.
Rosso di Montalcino
Rosso di Montalcino is a large Tuscan DOC, to the far south of the Chianti Classico region, which has been classified since 1983.
The wines are fruity, soft, light and forward-maturing. They come from Sangiovesse vines outside the finer Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, harvested at up to 62 hl/ha, or from declassified Brunello fruit (often from young vines) in which case the yield must be the same as Brunello wines, at 55 hl/ha.
It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.
It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.