Le Ragnaie Troncone
Regular price $23.00
Winemaker: Riccardo and Jennifer Campinoti
Appellation: Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Grape Varieties: Sangiovese
The artist formerly known as 'Chianti Colli Senesi.' Riccardo grew annoyed with the DOCG administration as for the second time in eight years the Colli Senesi was turned down DOCG status due to too pale of color. 'Troncone' translates to 'stump' and it is the nickname given to Riccardo's grandfather and Ric wanted to honor his grandfather with a wine. It also made sense as there is a large tree stump in the middle of this block thus a bit of a double meaning.
The grapes come from the highest part of the Ragnaie vineyard, above the 600 meter threshold that the government slapped on Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino production, prior to 2016. The grapes are hand-harvested and hand-sorted, fermented without any additives in concrete tanks spending just other two weeks on skins; this adds complexity and a tight, tannic structure. The juice is then racked to Slavonian cask where it rests for 12 months and then an additional six months in concrete.
Like previous vintages of this site, the wine is bony and taught. It offers generosity in concentration of aroma and flavor but not the aroma or flavor in itself. Aromas of cranberry and cherry abound with laurel leaves and wet stones. The palate extends with bright red fruit continuing to be layered over a frail skeletal structure.
Le Ragnaie is a breath of fresh air to what has been a relatively stale time frame in Montalcino. Riccardo and Jennifer Campinoti purchased the property with a mix of old vines and younger plantings. The estate spreads accross 42 acres, 12 acres of which are in the zone where the cellars are based, Le Ragnaie itself. These vines are the highest of any in Montalcino, some reaching above the DOCG mandated 1,960 feet above sea level, south facing in the central zone above Soldera di Case Basse. As one of the highest points in the region it became famous for bird catchers, in fact the traditional birdcatchers' net features on the label as part of the winery's logo. The estate takes its name from the fact that this net looked rather like a spider's web (Ragna, in Italian.) Complementing these vineyards are those from Petroso, a vineyard area along the Scarnacuoia road below the village of Montalcino (one of the oldestwine making zones in the area.) in addition to some from Castelnuovo dell'Abate, a vineyard located in the southern sector of Montalcino in front of the Amiata Mountain, next door to Poggio di Sotto.
Organic viticulture is employed, grapes are hand picked, de-stemmed, fermented and then aged in large 25 hl slavonian oak casks for 36 months. The high vineyards of Ragnaie that form the basis of the blend plus the long, gentle macerations result in enormously charming, aromatic and really quite high toned wines that still manage to retain the requisite power. A unique, extremely drinkable style of Brunello that will sweep you off your feet.