Place: Suvereto – Tuscany, Italy
The territory of Suvereto stretches between the red of the Metalliferous hills and the blue of the Tyrrhenian sea in Tuscany’s coastal southern tip. The hills here are gentle in slope but have extremely stony and calcareous soils. The temperature can be mild and pleasant or desiccate the skin when the north winds blow. It is here in 2008 that Francesca and Luca’s wine journey graduated from intense passion to commercial reality, leaving a life in fashion behind in Milan.
Ageing is of great importance to Francesca and Luca, believing that, for certain wines, age is not a preference, but a necessity. Case in point is this almost seven-year-old sangiovese. From their stony, calcareous vineyard the fruit is hand-harvested and macerated for a month in stainless steel before transfer to French tonneaux for two years. It is then held back in bottle for another eighteen months before release.
We were enamoured by the 2016 vintage. A deeply savoury, intensely perfumed wine, framed by fine yet powerful terracotta tannins. A large glass and time up your sleeve are the only other necessary ingredients.