The Calestaia cuvée represents the Tanzini brothers’ dream and is therefore the estate’s flagship wine. Rich and elegant at the same time, it reflects the pure expression of the Maremma Sangiovese. The grapes come from the estate’s oldest vines, now more than 40 years old. Naturally the yields are low on this parcel. This wine was awarded a perfect score of three glasses in the Gambero Rosso guide and has received numerous accolades from critics and journalists. The wine is young, it requires a few years of aging to fully be appreciated, or it could be decanted for a few hours before serving. Only 5,000 bottles of this great vintage were produced.
Garnet red colour with light ruby reflections. Intense and complex bouquet of black fruit, chocolate, star anise, plum and rosemary. The palate is fresh despite the fruit’s density and richness. The tannins are silky, without any roughness, and extend over the final notes of pepper, cassis and clove. A great wine that will pair perfectly with a leg lamb with herbs.
A beautiful pairing with braised red meat, leg of lamb, game and aged hard cheeses.
Clay and limestone with shale and volcanic rock
Organically laboured vineyard without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. South-west exposure
Hand-harvested in small crates. Vinification with natural yeasts in wood tanks. Long maceration with the grape skins for 24 days. Aging in large 2,500 liter tanks for 36 months followed by 12 months of bottle aging
Gambero Rosso 2015 - 3 red glasses out of 3, Calestaia 2010
Gambero Rosso 2016 - 3 red glasses out of 3, Calestaia 2011
Good Wines of Italy 2015 - Gold Crown, Calestaia 2010
Good Wines of Italy 2016 - Gold Crown, Calestaia 2011
Bibenda wine guide 2015 - 3 Clusters out of 3, Calestaia 2010
If we were to briefly define the philosophy of Leonardo and Alberto Tanzini, it will would be about their respect for the environment and the quest for the Sangiovese grape’s purest expression. In 2003, father and son made the acquisition of this magnificent estate located in the south-west of Tuscany, in the town of Scansano in the center of the Morellino di Scansano appellation. They quickly undertook a major transformation of the viticultural practices and increased the size of the vineyard area. Much research and analysis were done in order to find the best combination between the grape variety (clone), the rootstock and soil. Today Roccapesta has more than 20 hectares of vineyards and favours an organic approach to viticulture. The estate grows eight different kinds of Sangiovese, but also Ciliegiolo, Alicante, Pugnitello, Syrah and Petit Verdot.
The Montecucco DOC, located in the southern sub-region Maremma, between the prestigious Brunello Di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano appellations was created in 2010. Many experts agree that it is the new sub-region to watch in Tuscany. The terroir is beautiful and the climate perfect for high quality viticulture. The excellent wines which are being produced here are attracting the attention of a growing number of wine enthusiasts who are looking for exceptional value for their money. As is mostly the case in Tuscany, the wines are mainly composed of Sangiovese, but several estates are also experimenting with international varietals such as Merlot or Cabernet as they adapt well to Maremma’s terroir.
Maremma is one of Italy’s most interesting wine-growing areas. Mainly known for its cattle farms and nature parks, it is now the center of a thriving wine business. The soils are mainly composed of shale and limestone, and the proximity of the ocean helps to temper the hot summers.
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