Romagna Sangiovese DOC Modigliana Riserva
Sangiovese in its pure form, fruit of the grapes of ancient vineyards, is an immensely authentic wine created with simple enological techniques aimed at exalting all of the features and virtues of these age-old biotypes.
Intense, refined, ruby-red with hues of garnet, excellent clarity and consistency.
Its bouquet is wonderfully austere, with aromas of red fruits and flowers, sweet spices and notes of tobacco. Its body is light, warm and soft, the tannins smooth. Its finish is firm and fresh with a decisively sapid length.
Pair with: Delicate red meat, stewed meat, pot roasts, braised meat.
February 2012 will always be remembered for its extraordinary amount of snowfall. On one hand, the vines were protected. On the other, vineyard structure was severely tested. Spring came around with hardly a drop of rain. Summer was heady and sweltering. The grapes had accumulated a lot of sugar and harvesting was preempted, penalized with low yields. The resulting wines were loaded, robust and generous. It was a decidedly smoldering year, like back in 2007, though less than 2003. Flamboyant.
The first 2 months of the year began just like any other winter. March however, brought an anomaly of rain torrents that lasted all through May. The vines were late with their phenological phases and they fought hard against the fungal diseases that thrive with little sun. The harvest finally came around, giving the vertical wines a wonderful aroma, minerality and an excellent freshness. This is a decidedly lasting vintage recommended for conservation.
Winter was strangely mild and vines responded with early budding. Then ripening came, and with it, rains that made us forget it was summer. On September 20th, flooding left Modigliana without running water. And the rains kept coming down. The harvest was fragile, thin-skinned, low in sugar but with excellent acidity. The resulting wines are dim in color, but fresh and sharp. They will surprise you.