This wine is produced from the best grapes of the Mulinvecchio vineyard, owned by the company, located in the Mulinvecchio area in the municipality of Montepulciano. The vineyard covers an area of about one hectare, and the grapevines are 25 years old. The soils on which the vineyard grows are of Pliocene origin (tufaceous sand), located at an altitude between 350 and 450 meters above sea level, with a southeast exposure.
The grape variety used is Sangiovese (called “Prugnolo Gentile” in Montepulciano), with small percentages of other native red grapes. The grapevines are grown using a pruning technique called “Spalliera with cordone speronato”, with a plant density of 4,500 grapevines per hectare.
The grapes are hand-picked, and after selection and destemming, they are fermented with selected yeasts. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in steel and cement tanks for about 18-20 days at a temperature between 26 and 28°C. At the same time, maceration on the grape skins takes place during the same period, with daily frequent remontages. After racking, the wine is placed in steel tanks or oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation takes place and where it remains for 30 months. During this period, it is racked every 6 months. After aging, the wine is decanted for another 3-4 months in steel tanks before being bottled and refined for another 8-10 months before being released to the market.
The production of this wine is about 6,000 to 8,000 bottles per year. The best vintages are 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2016. The wine is matured after 18 to 25 years after harvest, and the maturation plateau is between 4 and 15 years.
The winery has been owned by the Contucci family since the 11th century, and the company covers an area of 170 hectares, of which 22.5 hectares are planted with grapevines, 7 hectares with olive trees, and 141 hectares with farmland and forest. The agronomic and oenological aspects are directly taken care of by the owners.
One unique aspect of this wine is that it is produced from a single vineyard with sandy soil, which can contribute to its distinctive flavor profile.