During his journey across the region of Romagna in 1502, Leonardo observed and then painted the grapes of Cesena, which dried thanks to an ingenious hanging system. This same technique helps the grapes to achieve the concentration of flavour which is at the heart of the exceptional richness of this wine. Sangiovese grapes for drying are picked by hand in crates in mid-September, after a careful selection and a quality check. The grapes are allowed to rest in special fruit warehouses at controlled temperature and humidity where they are left to dry for at least sixty days. Wine-making starts with soft pressing followed by temperature-controlled fermentation on the skins at 25°C. Pumping-over and punching-down are performed to extract color and allow aromatic components to develop. Later on, racking is carried out to separate the skins from the must. Ageing includes malolactic fermentation to make wine smoother and rounder on the palate, after which one part of the wine is aged in barriques for a minimum period of nine months.
85% Sangiovese and 15% other red grapes
Sunny, hilly areas with South-East exposure and mixed-texture soils ranging from limestone to clay, that are suitable for producing loosely packed and top-quality bunches.
It shows an intense red color with hues that verge on ruby.
On the nose fruity and vanilla notes open up to a finish reminiscent of ripe spices and tobacco.
Its acidity, combined with the softness of tannins made supple by oak ageing, enhances hints of ripe fruit that favor a persistent length on the finish.