Monte Ferrato IGT
The story of what may well be Tuscany’s oldest Pinot Noir vines began in 1975 at Villa di Bagnolo, a Renaissance estate, west of Florence. Its owner at the time, Marquis Vittorio Pancrazi, planted 3,300 Sangiovese vines on the property. Vittorio Pancrazi decided to make a single-vineyard wine, putting his Bordeaux-educated friend, Niccolò D’Afflitto, in charge of the experiment. After over a year in Allier barrique and another in bottle, the experiment not only succeeded, it exceeded all expectations. An ideal microclimate for Pinot Noir, the vineyard enjoys southern exposure and is located 490 meters (1,607 feet) above sea level. The clay, schist and serpentine soil, particularly rich in iron, enhances Pinot Noir’s finesse. Water is abundant, even in the driest summers, as it trickles down the slopes of the Apennines into the foothills where the winery is located, replenishing water reserves. And if they need water, the winery uses a gravitational system of irrigation, with well water from the hillside above the property, Monte Ferrato. Cool, nighttime breezes prevent the grapes from ripening quickly, allowing them to gently and gradually mature. Giuseppe Pancrazi has now taken the place of his uncle while Niccolò D’Afflitto continues to style the wines.
From vineyards located at the foot of Monte Ferrato. As Monte Ferrato is an extinct volcano, the origins of the soil are volcanic and particularly rich in iron, which is instrumental in giving Pinot Noir its complexity. This particular soil composition is also conducive to the well-balanced flavors and components that characterize Pinot Noir. Pure Pinot Noir grapes ferment in small oak barrels and macerate for about fifteen days. Aged barrique for twelve months and then in bottle. This wine features a vast range of fine aromas, from ripe black fruit to hints of leather, pepper and undergrowth, and licorice. Lively palate with great balance.
Wine exported to
Bermuda, USA, Japan, Canada, Austria
Most recent awards
- 2016 | James Suckling92
100% Pinot Noir
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22-25 °C (71.6-77 °F)
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3rd and 4th use
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From the Villa di Bagnolo vineyards below the Monte Ferrato Mountain
2 hectares (5 acres)
Shale and clay
0-150 meters (0-492 feet) above sea level
1,620 vines per acre
1 kg per vine
Age of vines:
6 years old
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Lively ruby red w/garnet hues; shows a delightful, very intense and fruity bouquet of strawberries, cherries and flowers, good body, firm yet sweet tannins; soft, round, v. appealing; great balance, lingering finish.
Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).
Great with pasta and risotto as well as meat.
Alc. cont. 13.5% by vol.; acidity: 5.0 (tartaric acid)