Cenerentola DOC Orcia

Cenerentola

Denominazione di Origine Controllata Orcia

Cenerentola (Cinderella) like the young girl in the fairytale has two older and richer sisters who get invited to the Prince’s ball while she has to stay at home. The Cenerentola wine belongs to an appellation called Orcia born on February 14th 2000 (Valentine’s Day) between the territories of the Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The Orcia region is consequently the youngest, between the “sisters”, that get invited to the tables of prices and kings.
But Cenerentola Orcia DOC has grit and the desire to succeed and in the end will marry the Prince Charming.
This wine is born under the sign of love “you are my Cenerentola” “and you are my Prince”. On the label there is a woman with no face who descends the steps, by night, from the Tuscan hills. This is any woman who accepts challenges and wishes to fall in love.

 

FROM THE CINDERELLA FAIRYTALE TO THE MAGIC OF THE FOGLIA TONDA VARIETY
The story of this wine is the story of a challenge, the challenge of a young wine region that wants to get noticed.
Obviously to succeed in this goal a little magic is necessary.
For this reason Donatella Cinelli Colombini who produces the Cenerentola wine at Fattoria del Colle, on the high hills of Southern Tuscany, has decided to use two autochthonous varieties: Sangiovese king of the Tuscan vineyards and the Foglia Tonda, a variety abandoned more than a century ago. This is the magic touch that makes Cenerentola different.
During the Nineteenth century the poor Tuscan farmers did not prune back (the so called green harvesting) and the Foglia Tonda vines that spontaneously produce a lot of grapes were unable to get all their clusters to ripen. Today cultivating the vines with lots of attention and reducing the number of clusters we bring them home perfectly ripe.
The Foglia Tonda variety is typical of the Southern end of Tuscany, long ago it was very common, but today it is very rare, in total there are less than 20 hectares of this variety. It produces potent wines and for this reason it is the ideal companion for the Sangiovese, which is elegant but not powerful. Together they create a unique wine, different from all others but with totally Tuscan character.

 

Quantity produced: 10,000 bottles, made only in the best vintages. Cenerentola is apt for a long ageing. To keep it well store the bottles lying down in a dark place.

Markets and prizes: The Cenerentola wine had great trouble in getting known, but today it has fans all over the world. After 15 years from the first production it is now exported in 15 nations. Not only does the market appreciate this wine but also wine critics do too: it has obtained 90/100 from Robert Parker Wine Advocate and 91/100 from Wine Spectator.

 

Grape type

 

To learn how to cultivate the Foglia Tonda variety was not easy and took many years. The first plants were obtained from 400 cuttings from vitarium of the Regione Toscana. From the first vines, the Foglia Tonda was slowly propagated. The Professor Cesare Intrieri from the Università di Bologna gave us the baby plants for another vineyard. The cultivation is organic and mostly manual, from the winter pruning to the harvest, each day the vines receive assiduous cosseting.

Ageing

 

While the experimenting continued to bring equilibrium to the Foglia Tonda vines, in the cellar we tried several oak casks to find the most appropriate.
The first vintage of the Cenerentola wine, in 2001, was aged in barriques. Quite soon these were substituted with 5-7 hl tonneaux and 15 hl barrels. Cenerentola stays in wood for about one year.
Today we also have a concrete egg shaped vat where the Cenerentola rests after the blending of Sangiovese (65%) and Foglia Tonda (35%) so that it reaches the bottle in perfect conditions.

Colour

 

Intense, brilliant ruby rede.

Aroma

 

Complex, fine, full. Recalls red and exotic fruits, and spices.

Taste

 

Full, powerful, warm, harmonious. The robust structure, which guarantees long ageing, is perfectly balanced by the fruit. Very persistent.

 

May be served with important meats and aged cheeses. Avoid vinegar, raw onion and garlic, artichokes and asparagus.

Service temperature

 

Serve at room temperature (18-20 °C) in crystal balloon shaped wine goblets.

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