My red lion (Leone Rosso) that has been roaring for 400 years
Leone Rosso Doc Orcia a wine that gives pleasure and tells the story of Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s heretic ancestors who built Fattoria del Colle
The rampant lion is engraved at the entrances at Fattoria del Colle , on the ceilings, and on the majolica blazons it is an evident presence and symbol of the long history of this place. It is the emblem of the Socini, or Soccini family, Donatella ancestors who built Fattoria del Colle in 1592. The Socini was a Sienese family of jurists and thinkers, that were rich and prestigious until, Lelio (1525-1562) and Fausto (1539-1604) Socino became important characters in the protestant reform and most of all very much opponents of the dogma of trinity. Still today their names are written in every book on philosophy, but by the church they were considered heretics and so they were forced to escape abroad and brought their family to ruin. In 1919 Donatella’s great-grandfather Livio Socini bought Fattoria del Colle back, quite by chance. Donatella got the estate fro her dad Fausto Cinelli in 1998 and has dedicated to the Socini family the wine she has produced there, “Leone Rosso” DOC Orcia.
THE DOC ORCIA WINE REGION
The appellation ORCIA was born in the year 2000 in Southern Tuscany, in a vast hilly region that reaches as far as the Crete Senesi going towards Monte Amiata. An area that includes 12 villages, where once the spring frosts damaged the vines one year out of three, and consequently discouraging wine production. Since the beginning of climate changes these frosts have practically disappeared, the last one was in 1997, while the cool climate with practically cold summer nights helps the production of high quality grapes because the ripening is generally slow and regular while the acidic content of the grapes and of the wines is a particular characteristic of the DOC Orcia appellation and a guarantee of longevity.
GRAPES AND RIPENING
Fattoria del Colle covers an area of 336 hectares of which 16 are Vineyard, all cultivated following the organic regime and with great manual labour. The vineyards are on the crest of the hills at 404 meters above sea level, in a ventilated position and well exposed to the sun. The soil is prevalently sands and sea clays.
The grape harvest is done by hand, with a careful selection of the clusters, between mid September and mid October.
Leone Rosso contains 60% of Sangiovese and 40% Merlot. The grapes are picked, vinified and aged separately for 6 months in small oak barrels (5-7hl) and in large ones. The blending of Sangiovese and Merlot takes place only when the wines are ready, shortly before bottling.
COLOUR: ruby red with purple hues and nice and bright
AROMA: fine, mixing vinous sensations with aroma of small red berries and more spicy notes to be connected to the barrel ageing
TASTE: harmonious and soft, medium body and intensity, and offers a satisfying and pleasant sensation. The tannic and acidic structure is well balance by the fruit with an equilibrium that seems the more relevant style of this wine.
QUANTITY PRODUCED: 15-20,000 bottles per year
FOOD PAIRING: very versatile, it can go well with the whole meal. The Leone Rosso is particularly apt for drinking alone, or with cold cuts, young cheeses and tasty soups.
WAY OF SERVING: room temperature (16- 18°C), large tulip shaped clear crystal wine glasses.
BOTTLE AGEING: 4/5years after the year of harvest. Keep the bottles lying down in a dark and cool place.