LEONE ROSSO BIO 2020 DOC ORCIA
A great harvest, 2020 will be remembered for the masks and the COVID. This vintage has given us a Leone Rosso Doc Orcia BIO rich in aromas, structure and pleasantness
A RED LION SYMBOL OF THE ANCESTORS WHO FOUNDED THE FARM IN 1592
The Leone Rosso wine is dedicated to the ancestors of Donatella Cinelli Colombini who built Fattoria del Colle in 1592 and had a rampant lion on their coat of arms. The grapes for the Leone Rosso Doc Orcia are born right in the vineyards of the farm.
We are talking about the Socini or Sozzini family made up of jurists and philosophers. Two of them – Lelio (1525-1562) and Fausto (1539-1604) – have gone down in history for having held an important role among the European free thinkers who gave birth to Protestantism. It was precisely their opposition to the Church that led the family to ruin and the Colle farm to be confiscated. The property was repurchased by Donatella’s great-grandfather, the engineer Livio Socini around 1919.
THE FATTORIA DEL COLLE AND THE LEONE ROSSO DOC ORCIA 2020
The link between Leone Rosso wine and Fattoria del Colle is therefore strong and ancient. Here are the vineyards where the Sangiovese and Merlot grapes with which it is produced are born. They are located 400 meters above the sea on well-ventilated hills. The land has a prevalence of deep-sea sands covering consolidated Pliocene sandstone banks. The vines are grown organically with manual care, even the harvest is done by hand. The cellar is located inside the farm and has an all-female staff which includes three winemakers. It is the expert and gentle hands of these women who take care of every step up to the refinement in the bottle.
DOC ORCIA THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WINE IN THE WORLD
The Orcia denomination was born on February 14, 2000 in the hills that are located in the middle of the territories of Brunello and Vino Nobile. A beautiful area in southern Tuscany, for the most part registered, since 2004, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site precisely because of the agricultural landscape so well preserved over the centuries. This is why the Doc Orcia is defined as “the most beautiful wine in the world”.
DESCRIPTION OF THE LEONE ROSSO 2020
TYPE: Dry red.
PRODUCTION AREA: Toscana, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle.
VINTAGE CHARACTERISTICS: A rather arid vintage, with little rain in winter, very rainy spring which delayed the budding and disturbed the flowering causing the small size of the bunches. Hot summer but interrupted by big storms that hydrated the soil and lowered the temperatures. September with sunny days and cold nights.
GRAPE TYPE: Sangiovese and Merlot.
GRAPE HARVEST: Manual harvest with selection of the bunches in the vineyard and selection of the grapes on the sorting table in the cellar.
VINIFICATION: Alcoholic fermentation of 10-13 days with spontaneously low temperatures followed by a maceration of 20-25 days, longer than usual to take advantage of the spectacular quality of the grape skins.
MATURATION IN BARREL: 6 months in French oak tonneaux.
QUANTITY PRODUCED: 15,000 bottles.
LEONE ROSSO 2020 IN THE GLASS
COLOUR: Intense and brilliant ruby red.
AROMA: Rich in suggestions that recall grapes, small ripe red fruits, spices and undergrowth.
TASTE: Full, harmonious, intense, the sapidity and alcohol balance well the tannins which appear very soft. The flavour lengthens pleasantly in the mouth with a savoury persistence.
FOOD PAIRING: Very versatile, it can accompany the entire meal. The Leone Rosso is also particularly suitable for snacks based on cold cuts and young cheeses. It adapts well to intense and even spicy foods.
TABLE SERVICE: Room temperature (16-18°C), white crystal goblets in the shape of a large tulip.
CELLARING: 4/5 years after the harvest. Lay the bottles flat in a dark and cool place.