Palisori Di Valgiano Tenuta Di Valgiano 2016
Tenuta di Valgiano is the gateway to a different Tuscany. The manicured estates of Montalcino seem a world away; here in the hills above the city of Lucca, dense forests hide weather-worn villas and older-vine vineyards, with climbing herbs winding round “palistorti,” crooked stakes that mark each vineyard row. The wines of Valgiano are true “terroir” wines—wines that once you taste them, inspire a feeling that you are being spoken to in a new language, one that is undeniably exciting. The estate’s 40 acres of vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic, protected by nearly 200 acres of forestland. Owners/winemakers Moreno Petrini and Laura di Collobiano would have it no other way—for them, the honest soul of Valgiano must be present in each bottle.
Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in small, open-top wooden fermenters; delicate punch downs performed by hand or foot. Aged in French oak barrels (5% new) for 12 months. Blend aged in cement vats for another six months before bottling. Unfined and unfiltered, with minimal sulfur.
Aromas of red cherries, red plums, summer raspberries, herbs. Juicy, refined, balanced and ripe.