La Fiorita Rosso di Montalcino
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This Rosso is comprised of 70% Estate fruit and 30% purchased fruit.
- The Estate fruit is sourced from the Poggio al Sole Vineyard and Giardinello Vineyard (5 Ha in total). The “rented” fruit is sourced from the Poggio d’Arna Vineyard (2Ha).
- The vineyards are all south-facing with altitudes ranging from 220 m (Poggio al Sole), 270 m (Giardinello) to 450 m (Poggio d’Arna).
- Organic farming practices are employed, with slightly different soil types in each vineyard; Poggio al Sole (Tufo-Clay), Giardinello (Sandy-Clay), and Poggio d’Arna (Sandy-Clay).
Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
Elaboration: Maceration and fermentation lasts for approximately 18 days at a controlled temperature of 25 °C in Slavonian Oak casks. Selected yeasts are used. The wine ages for 12 months in French oak Botte (37hl).
Tasting Notes: Floral with notes of ripe red fruits, such as black cherries, raspberries, spices with a fresh background of sweet tobacco and aromatic herbs. mouth is very bright and well rounded, tannins are well integrated in the wine. The finish is long and very pleasant on the fruit and minerality.
2018 – 90 Vinous
2019 – 90 Wine Enthusiast
2020 – 91 Vinous | 90 James Suckling
La Fiorita was established in 1992 starting from a project that Roberto Cipresso, winemaker on the rising at the time, shared with two homeland friends; the first vineyard had an extension of half hectare and the annual production was of just 1,000 bottles of Brunello; the first vintage was the 1993 and it was entirely purchased en-primeur by Enoteca Pinchiorri of Firenze. The cellar was in the basement of an old building of the 18th century in the heart of the medieval town of Castelnuovo Abate. The first vineyard was followed by the implantation of the Poggio al Sole vineyard and then of the Pian Bossolino vineyard, that increased the annual production to 25,000 bottles, divided by normal Brunello and Riserva.
Since 2011, with the acquisition of the estate by Natalie Oliveros, La Fiorita has embarked on numerous projects of long-term importance. Three are of particular note. The first was the 2014 planting of the third Brunello certified, fully organic, vineyard to the south-west area of Montalcino. The second are the steps taken to date to secure organic certification for the other two vineyards and the third is the design and layout of a state-of-the-art winemaking and cellaring facility.
The entrance of Natalie Oliveros in the ownership beside Roberto Cipresso made new chapters being wrote in the life of La Fiorita; the immediate one is about the new position of the cellar in a new building with state of the art tools and equipment for the selection of the grapes and for the vinification and ageing processes. Moreover, there will be a project for the new vineyard of Podere Giardinello, that will have a lot of influence on the future productions.