La Casa di Bricciano, Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Peter Rory Dominic De Pentheny O'Kelly bought the farm in 1990. It had been abandoned 10 years prior, and since then he has been replanting and rebuilding. La Casa di Bricciano is located 30 km from Siena and 60 km from Florence in the heart of Tuscany.
Surrounded by uncontaminated nature in the hills of Chianti, it is a small family run organic farm which is becoming distinguished for its high quality wines. The wine production is very limited: only 12,000 bottles a year. The 4 types of red wine are made exclusively from their own grapes.
The vineyards are situated on the upper slopes of a hill at an average altitude of 550 metres facing south, with spectacular views towards Siena. The geology can be described as shallow top soil with a large proportion of shale, and bedrock lying beneath.
By reducing the production to a minimum per plant each year through green harvesting and carefully selecting the grapes to use, they achieve perfect ripening.
Only natural products are used in the vineyard and in the winery and personal care is taken at every step to ensure the highest standard.
They were organically certified in 2009. The 22.5 hectare farm is made up of 3.8 hectares of vineyards. During the 10 years it was abandoned the land was not worked which allowed the soil to naturally reinvigorate itself. Now only cow mature from organic farmers is used to fertilize the vineyards, and winter barely is planned to absorb any excess nitrogen produced by the manure and to control the soil moisture content.
Vineyard: 550 m asl, south facing. Soil: Shallow, with lots of shale. Terrior: South facing, at 550metres, shallow top soil with lots of shale
This Super Tuscan will not dissapoint!
Grapes: Sangiovese 98%, Ancellotta 2%. Alcohol: 13.5% Sulphite: <100mg/L
Vinification: First fermentation and maceration on the skin for 11 days in stainless steel vats followed by 11 months in 225 liter French oak barrels.
Tasting and pairing: Intense ruby colour. On the nose notes of cherries, redcurrants and raspberries with a light sense of vanilla and liquorice. The taste is full and austere with excellent structure and textured velvety tannins and consistency. It also has an excellent persistence on the palate. Beef, veal, pork or game would pair well, also rich fish like tuna.
A precise and mouth watering Super Tuscan.
Grape: Sangiovese 98%, Ancellotta 2%. Alcohol: 13.0% Sulphite: <100mg/L
Vinification: Grapes harvested mid October. First fermentation period and maceration on the skin: 14 days in stainless steel vats followed by 16 months in 225 litre French oak barrels.
Tasting and pairing: Shiny ruby red colour. Full and complex with notes of red berries and a light sense of spice. An excellent structure with well balanced velvety tannins and a good persistence on the palate. Pairs well with beef, veal, game, and rich fish dishes.
"Lovely violet and floral wine. Very attractive and fine. Lovely slippy sweet tannins. Precise and drawn out. Burst of mouthwatering acidity." Rebecca Gibb MW
Il Ritrovo 2008
A stunning Super Tuscan. Mellow, sumptuous and silky.
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 30%. Alc: 13.5% Sulphite: <100mg/L
Vinification: Maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats for 14 days. Ageing for 14 months in 225 L French oak barrels.
Tasting and pairing: Intense, dark ruby colour. On the nose prunes and blackberry, followed by liquorice and graphite. A complex, elegant taste, full and harmonious with long lasting persistence.
"Forget any weedy Bordeaux blends. This wine is bold and full, and now hitting its peak with savoury notes, roasted meat, mushrooms. With a flush of fresh acidity on the finish and a hint of bitter cherry on the finish alluding to its Italian origins, this is a mellow and sumptuous wine with bags of concentration." Rebecca Gibb MW