Dei 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
Dei 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy
Intense, sour cherry jam, ripe red fruit, dried violet, cinnamon. Simultaneously fresh, tannic, warm, and balanced.
Farming: Sustainable with Organic practices (not certified)
Owner: Caterina Dei
Winemakers: Paolo Caciorgna, Jacopo Felici
The estate was established in 1964 when Alibrando Dei, the grandfather of Caterina, purchased Bossona where he planted a vineyard (from which Dei's top wine, Vino Nobile Riserva Bossona, is made). In 1973 the Martiena property was added together with the beautiful villa which was restructured in the 1930s by the well known architect Piacentini. During the first years the grapes were sold. The family then decided to start making wine and in 1985, which was an exceptional vintage, a cellar was rented in the centre of the town of Montepulciano and the first bottles of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano were produced. In 1989 a cellar with modern equipment was built next to the villa.
Caterina has personally managed the estate since 1991 when she left her career in the theatre. Since then, she has made a huge dedication to sustainability and eco-friendliness. All the phases of wine production now take place in the impressive new cellar entirely built in Travertino marble (from the Dei's quarries) and glass. Energy is produced by photovoltaic panels and the temperature is kept even by a geothermal system. The cellar is partly built underground to maintain cool temperatures and reduce energy consumption.
Grape Varieties: 90% Sangiovese 10% Canaiolo nero from vines planted in 1940 and 1995
Soil Type: mixed tufo ("tufo" a type of volcanic rock) and clay from Crus Bossona and Martiena
Vinification/Oak Usage: The clusters were pressed softly. The alcoholic fermentation and maceration with the skins lasted for 18-22 days with temperature control at 26-30 degrees Celsius. No selected yeasts were used. Malolactic fermentation in steel. Maturation in large Slavonian oak casks of a capacity of 30-50 hectolitres for 18-24 months and was finished in the bottle for 6 months.
Scores: 93 Wine Enthusiast
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