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Le Ragnaie Troncone
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Le Ragnaie Troncone 2015

Tuscany, ItalyMontalcino has an altitude limit in Brunello; it's not allowed to grow above 600m. This organically farmed sangiovese is grown from 620-655m altitude, hence it fell into the declassification of IGT Chianti Colli Senesi. In the early 2010's, the wine was too pale and wasn't even approved for that, so Riccardo Campinoti said BASTA and labelled the wines IGT Toscana Rosso. Troncone means stump, and was the nickname of Riccardo's grandfather. There is also a large stump in the sandstone, limestone and clay vineyard, giving this wine's name a double meaning. Ragnaie is the name of the vineyard, Etruscan for spiderweb, and reflecting the label and the netting that Etruscans would use to catch small birds. This is 13-year-old organically farmed vines, native fermented and on skins for two weeks in concrete tank, before resting one year in Slavonian oak casks, then back to small concrete tanks for six months prior to bottling. Authentic sangiovese, fresh and pure, reflecting the higher altitude, with young raspberry, cherry, thorny scrub, all seasoned with a resinous, wild rosemary salts. Ideal drinking now, or with a few years in your cellar. More like this please.Tasted: 21 January 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 25.95 consignment Producer: Azienda Agricola Le RagnaieDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Varietal: Sangiovese