Species of grapevines:
this wine is produced with at least 60% of Sangiovese grapes and at most 40% of Montepulciano grapes.
As soon as the wine has just matured its colour is a deep ruby-red with violet tints.
As it ages the colours are more vivid with orange shades. The scents are fruity and floral and the taste is warm, dry and full bodied.
The wine has a long and soft persistence of withered fruits and flowers, jam and liquorice root which is gently bitter.
The minimum overall alcoholic content is 12 °C. Optimal age: after three years the wine attains perfect ripening with features of refined and velvet softness. The wine produced in special vintages can be tasted also after five years. However it is possible to drink the wine from the 1 of November in the year following the vintage.
Wine glass and service:
before consumption the wine has to be poured in to a warm decanter, then served at 18-20 °C, in small quantities, in a large and colourless stem glass, which allows for the enjoyment of its taste and colour shading.
it varies in accordance with the degree of ripening of the wine. A more mature wine has a high degree of softness and harmony so it is excellent with more flavoursome and structured dishes.
This provides a balance between the rich taste of the food and the harmony of the wine.
It is excellent combined with truffle base dishes or with wild fennel flavoured dishes, with meat sauces, barbecues, beef, pork and lamb sheep, game, boiled and stewed meats.
It is also good with the excellent local aged cheese called "Pecorino", or with a good aged Parmesan or with a matured Gorgonzola together with local walnuts.