Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wine of the Week: Castellaccio Valénte

Castellaccio Valénte is an expression of  true Tuscan grape history. It is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Ciliegiolo Foglia Tonda and Pugnitello. While these varieties have practically disappeared from local winemaking, Castellaccio is dedicated to the recovery and enhancement of these native grapes. The grapes are cultivated using only natural methods and meticulously cared for during all phases of growth, with particular attention given to the period of maturation. They are vinified in the winery using indigenous yeasts. 

The Castellaccio Valénte is a dark, luminous ruby red color with predominant aromas including refined spices, sour cherry and black currants, balsamic notes, vanilla and resinated aromas of mediterranean pine; a highly classical expression of a native tuscan wine. On the palate the tannin is dense and elegant, and heading towards a soft, velvety feel. For an ideal pairing, match with local products, such as robust pecorino cheese, pappardelle alla lepre; egg noodles in a strong-sauce made from wild hare, or grilled meats like a Bistecca Fiorentina steak. 

Podere Il Castellaccio is situated in Castagneto Carducci, in the Livorno area of Tuscany. Alessandro Scappini founded the winery in 2009, but the estate has belonged to his family since the 1960s. The estate is situated on the hills along the Costa degli Etruschi, at an altitude of 100-160 meters above sea level in the world-famous Bolgheri area. The vineyards occupy 3.5 hectares and are planted to Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Foglia Tonda, Pugnitello, and Cabernet Franc. Podere Il Castellaccio is the process of organic certification and the ultimate aim of the winery is to become a certified biodynamic producer in the near future.


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