DOC ORCIA BIO LEONE ROSSO 2018
The first organic DOC Orcia Bio wine made by Donatella Cinelli Colombini is the Leone Rosso 2018, practically a Supertuscan made with Sangiovese and Merlot
A RAMPANT LION AND DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI’S ANCESTORS
The name of the wine and the rampant lion on the label come from Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors’ coat of arms. This family in 1592 built Fattoria del Colle where this wine is born. This was an old and rich Tuscan family, mostly jurists and philosophers; they were then called Socini or Sozzini. The names of two Socinis, Lelio (1525-1562) and Fausto (1539-1604) are written in philosophy books as they were free thinkers and against the Church and, because of their writings regarding the Trinity dogma. Unfortunately their creed made them famous but also made them poor because they ended up being excommunicated and all their properties confiscated. Fattoria del Colle became once again property of this family only in 1919 when it was bought by Donatella’s grandfather Livio Socini.
Still today the family blazon, the rampant lion, is visible upon the entrances and on the ceilings of the Colle villa.
DOC ORCIA IS A YOUNG DESIGNATION AMONG THE GREAT
The Leone Rosso wine is a family wine, produced in the 17 hectares of vineyard at Fattoria del Colle, vinified and aged in the estate cellar. Its denomination Orcia DOC extends among the high hills between the Chianti, Brunello and Vino Nobile territories. Hence an area with a particular predisposition to producing red wines with Sangiovese.
The 2018 vintage was characterized by a spring and summer that were cool and rainy, and then followed by a sunny September with nights that were quite cold. The length of the vegetative cycle and the climate during the ripening period have determined the particular aromatic richness of this wine and its very traditional character.The cultivation of the Orcia Bio vineyards was manual and traditional.
DESCRIPTION OF THE LEONE ROSSO 2018 BIO
Type: dry red.
Production area: Toscana, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle
Vintage characteristics: very rainy spring and summer, especially so in the month of May. The climate disturbed the flowering and this together with the frost of the previous year reduced the quantity of grapes. At the beginning of September the vines were de-leafed. During the same month the sunny days, more than 30° and the cold nights have reduced the dimension of the berries and favoured the synthesis of the grape aromas.
Grape type: Sangiovese and Merlot.
Grape harvest: from September 17th-19th for the Merlot, from 2-9 October for the Sangiovese. Manual harvest with a section of the grapes in the vineyard and a selection of the grapes on the sorting table. The crushing was more intense than usual especially for the Merlot.
Vinification: alcoholic fermentation lasting 10-13 days followed by 15-20 days in contact with the grape skins.
Barrel ageing: 6 months in French oak tonneaux.
Quantity produced: 23.000 bottles.
ORGANOLEPTIC DESCRIPTION OF THE LEONE ROSSO DOC ORCIA
Colour: brilliant ruby red.
Aroma: fine, complex with hints of ripe red berries and spices.
Taste: intense, full, harmonious. The tannin seems balanced by the alcohol and by the enveloping fruit. It lasts at length in the mouth with a sapid persistence.
LEONE ROSSO HOW TO SERVE IT AND HOW TO STORE IT AT HOME
Serve with: very versatile, apt for the whole meal. Leone Rosso is particularly well matched with snacks of cold cuts and young cheeses. Well paired with intense tasting and spicy food.
Way of serving: room temperature (16-18°C), in crystal tulip shaped wine goblets.
Home ageing: 4/5 years after the harvest. Keep the bottles lying down in a dark and cool place.