Few small clusters of Merlot and Sangiovese for an Orcia Doc Leone Rosso wine, in the 2011 vintage, the earliest and quickest one can remember
Leone Rosso 2011 Orcia DOC Donatella Cinelli Colombini
On September 26th all of the grapes had been picked and the cellar master Barbara Magnani was involved in a very delicate fermentation process. The grapes had ripened very quickly compressing into less than two month the colouring of the grapes and the harvest. This quickening of the process was induced by the African heat wave that began halfway through August and that had dried the grapes and reduced when more the already scant amount of grapes.
The rampant lion with a sphere in his right paw is the blazon belonging to Claudio Socini who, in 1592 built Fattoria del Colle. The emblem of this Sienese family can be seen on the entrance portal and also in the hall of coat of arms in the villa, in the Chapel and in the Trequanda parish church above the Ascension painted by Antonio Bazzi called Sodoma.
In truth the Socini family lost Fattoria dl Colle just after having built it because of the “free thinker” ideas of 5 of its members, closer to the protestants rather than to the Pope. It was mostly the writings by Lelio (1525-1562) and Fausto (1539-1604) against the trinity that caused the excommunication and the confiscation of their properties. Fattoria del Colle was then, by chance, bought back by their descendent Livio Socini in 1919.
To these ancestor Donatella Cinelli Colombini has dedicated the wine Leone Rosso which is produced with the grapes from Fattoria del Colle.
Type: dry red.
Production area: Toscana, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle
Vintage characteristics: very rainy winter and spring. From mid August a torrid period with day and night temperatures between 35-40°C. Ripening very accelerated and harvest time anticipated and rapid because of the reduced amount of grapes.
Grape type: Sangiovese 60%, Merlot 40%. Read more…
The Strada del vino Orcia is the first with a QRcode signposting. With the new generation mobile phone one will be able to aim at the image on the signposts and receive information regarding wines and locations
Doc Orcia signs and brochures
A small step forward for the denomination born in the year 2000 in one of the most beautiful agricultural territories in the world: the Val d’Orcia and the Crete senesi. A land of soft hills where the vines are alternated with woods, olive groves, and on lower grounds field of grains. Fattoria del Colle is in the Doc Orcia territory and produces two wines from this denomination: Leone rosso and Cenerentola, the second of which is made with only Tuscan grapes – Sangiovese and Foglia tonda -.From this year onwards Doc Orcia will also have the “riserva” type, which must have at least one years ageing in oak barrels, and a type called “Sangiovese” with a maximum of 10% of other local grape types like Colorino, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera and Foglia Tonda. These decisions underline a production strategy regarding quality and identity; a strategy which honours this young, small but very competitive denomination.
Cross your fingers and do a rain dance! The coming weeks are crucial for the quality of the 2011 vintage. Our Brunello, Chianti and Doc Orcia vineyards have bravely endured the strong sun in the second half of August but now are desperate for a good drink of water
Our winemaker Valerie Lavigne has followed the progress of the harvest via the internet and today will be joining
Valerie Lavigne wine maker
us to personally oversee the harvesting of the Brunello grapes. At present our most important grapes have potentially a high alcohol content, with very high acidity and only a few extractable polyphenols. We await further developments in the coming days. At the moment the fruit bears some resemblance to the legendary 1997 vintage.
The harvesting started last Monday at the Fattoria del Colle with some of the Traminer grapes which when they resemble raisins will be used to produce the passito. This wine has a sweet, soothing aroma and tastes of honey, it is my husband Carlo passion and also that of the wine producer Barbara Magnani. At the moment we are bottling the 300 precious bottles of our Pink and Gold label passito from our 2010 harvest, which we are sure will give us a delicious sweet tasting wine.
Merlot grape harvest at Fattoria del Colle
The harvest then continued with the Traminer grapes which will be used to produce our white wine ‘Sanchimento’ IGT Toscana. Only 40 quintali of grapes were collected which will be used to create wine for the enjoyment of future visitors to the Fattoria del Colle. 30th August was the first day of the harvest of the Merlot grapes for the Doc Orcia’ Leone Rosso’ wine. As always the Merlot grapes have suffered the effects of the sun much more than the Sangiovese grapes and therefore it was necessary to harvest them at least 15 days ahead of our normal scheduled harvesting date. Barbara is getting used to addressing this problem as it is happening more and more often.
For us the most important grapes are the Sangiovese and, fortunately, the extensive thinning out of the fruit which we undertook in the first half of August has helped them to withstand the stress of the lack of water which was triggered by the strong sun which we have experienced in the last month.
It is most likely that the best grapes of the next harvest will grow on the established older vines and not from my wonderful new vineyards which are only 10 years old, although these have a very good position on the hillsides they are very exposed to the sun and have suffered more from the heat this year than the other more established vineyards. That’s the nice thing about having vineyards in lots of different positions with varying amounts of sunshine and in lots of different types of soil! Every year the weather benefits specific positions of vineyards and soil types and therefore guarantees a good harvest from a good portion of the vineyards.
Our team of harvesters this year is made up of 18 people, 2 of which are driving the tractors and 16 are harvesting by hand. Many of our team are young people, some are still students and some have recently graduated. Almost all are from our local area. When we start the harvest of the Sangiovese grapes we will increase the size of the group by another 7 harvesters.
20 kilos boxes for the grape harvest
The grapes are collected in 20 kg boxes, these are stacked on the trailers of tractors, and then they are transported to the wine cellar where they are passed through the crusher and de-steming machines and then they are fed into the fermentation vat where they will stay for about 15 days.
The Wine Spectator awarded 93/100 to our Brunello Riserva 2005 and Tidings magazine from Toronto Canada, which was introduced to us through our importer Le Sommelier Inc., awarded the excellent score of 92/100 to the Leone Rosso DOC Orcia 2007.
Bruce Sanderson ‘s comment on behalf of the Wine Spectator was very positive “This smooth red is laced with black cherry and plum, yet with serious tannins lurking in the background. They emerge on the finish, along with touches of licorice and spice. Turns dense and chewy in texture. Best from 2013 through 2026.”
The last sentence seems a very positive encouragement.
Brunello Riserva 2005 Orcia Doc Leone Rosso 2007 con Felix
The 2007 Leone Rosso also had a good score which confirms our belief that this wine is an immediate success. We have already sold out of this wine in our cantinas so for those who would like to taste it and enjoy it please look out for it in the wine shops and restaurants.
The picture shows Felix, Donatella Cinelli Colombini ’s golden retriever, who is demonstrating his enthusiasm and happiness at our good results.
Leone rosso Orcia Doc 2007, Donatella Cinelli Colombini
The Leone Rosso Doc Orcia has obtained extraordinary results from the most authoritative wine magazine in the world, Wine Spectator
After the 91 /100 rating in fact arrives the Top Values which declare it 11th among the Italian Reds under 25$ for the quality-price ratio and 93rd among the best 383 wines in the world between 15$ and 25$, again for the quality-price ratio.
The Leone Rosso is the first wine made by Barbara Magnani, cellar mater in Donatella Cinelli Colombini wineries. Barbara has created an elegant wine from 60% Sangiovese and 40% Merlot grapes from Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda, vinified and aged separately, for six montis in French oak barrels which had already been used once before.
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