Sangiovese Grosso in purezza, reads the note attached from Ettore. We couldn’t agree more. Ettore’s very careful, organic farming yields small amounts of perfectly ripened Sangiovese - hand-harvested with a severe sorting when the grapes arrive at the winery. The wine is aged a minimum of two years in large Slavonian (Croation) oak barrels to minimize the flavors of wood and preserve the purity of the fruit. The finished wine has an intense ruby color, richly extracted red fruit aromas, and a rich, velvety tannic structure. In most vintages, fewer than 400 cases are produced.
About this wine producer: In Montalcino, the relatively small Sesta sub-zone sits high on hills reaching 1500 feet above sea level. The soils are rocky, galestro shale, and the vineyards benefit from wind currents along the Orcia river below the hills. Ettore Spina and his wife, Enrica, grew up in Piemonte, and Enrica's father was a viticoltore (wine farmer). Ettore, however found his way to Banca di Roma after high school where he had a career for over 40 years. Always interested in the wines of Brunello, he purchased this small winery the Sesta sub-zone in 1980. Upon Ettore's retirement from the bank, he and Enrica moved to the farm in Montalcino restoring the vines using organic principles, and rebuilt the winery and cellars.