Podere Scopetone Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2014, Italy

The winery was started and vineyards were planted in 1978 by Federigo Abbarchi, a Milanese pilot. Federigo died suddenly and in 2009 Loredana Tanganelli and her husband Antonio Brandi became partners of Federigo’s widow, Angela Abbarchi, and finally proprietors. Loredana is a passionate beekeeper and Antonio is a passionate viticulturist (he has previously worked for a local estate), together they decided to embark on this project supported by the Sangiovese champion Maurizio Castelli and by the agronomist Luca Felicioni. The vineyard extension is now 4.5 hectares in total: 1.5 hectares of Sangiovese for the production of Brunello in Montalcino and 3 hectares of Sangiovese in Montecucco (Tuscan Maremma). The brand of the estate has been maintained so that the three wines – Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino and a Toscana IGT (also 100% Sangiovese made from the vineyards in Montecucco) have kept the label of Scopetone. Environment friendly practices in the vineyards have always been pursued (so not to harm the bees) and the estate is now in the conversion phase to be certified organic. Vinification and ageing: The maceration with the skins and the alcoholic fermentation (25 days) is carried out in a traditional way in stainless steel vats, with daily punching down of the cap. The wine then matures for 24 months in Slavonian oak casks of a capacity of 33 hectolitres. Finishing in the bottle for 7-8 months.