Region: Tuscany, ITA
Variety: Alicante Bouschet
Tenuta Carleone di Castiglioni was first mentioned in the 1078 when it was founded by monks (thank God for monks) and is amed for the village of Castiglioni meaning ‘small castle’. It’s a verdant paradise of wooded hills, rivers, fertile plains, olive groves and, of course, vines. Winemaker Sean crafts Sangiovese with an appreciation of the practices of the past and an eye (one eye in Sean's case, hence Il Guercio meaning one-eyed rascal) on the ever changing environment and how that should influenced vineyard management. As such, he employs organic and biodynamic practices with no additions at any stage.
This looks like the secret, life-extending brew of Roman Generals. It is, however, the delightfully flavourful Alicante Bouschet that produces this seductively dark, almost black frizzante. Dark fruited (of course!) with palate coating texture and weight, yet still fresh and sprightly.