Leone Rosso 2019 Doc Orcia
Leone Rosso 2019 Doc Orcia 5 stars with Sangiovese and Merlot in a small and exclusive production born in the vineyards, vinified and aged at Fattoria del Colle
Leone Rosso Doc Orcia wine is dedicated Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors who built Fattoria del Colle in 1592 and had a rampant lion in their coat of arms. The grapes for the Leone Rosso Doc Orcia are born right in the vineyards of the farm.
A RED LION, SYMBOL OF THE ANCESTORS WHO FOUNDED THE ESTATE IN 1592
This is the Socini or Sozzini family composed of jurists and philosophers. Two of them – Lelio (1525-1562) and Fausto (1539-1604) – went down in history for having played 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 bought back by Donatella’s great-grandfather, the engineer Livio Socini around 1919 who almost by chance, gained it from a bankruptcy. When he visited it he realized that in the chapel and in the villa there were his identical coats of arms and understood that fate had put back in his hands, after 400 years, the farm founded by his ancestor Claudio Socini.
A mysterious thread with the past that Donatella Cinelli Colombini also felt when her father Fausto gave her the Fattoria del Colle in 1998.
LEONE ROSSO DOC ORCIA 2019
2019 is a memorable harvest. Classified 5 stars for the perfect quality of the grapes: small bunches small, ripe and healthy berries. An impressive amount of noble substances that, from the skins of the grapes, went into the must colouring it in a few hours and which were then extracted through a longer maceration than usual.
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 Brunello and Vino Nobile territories. A beautiful area of southern Tuscany, inscribed since 2004, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the agricultural landscape preserved over the centuries.
This is why the Doc Orcia is defined as “the most beautiful wine in the world”.
It is also the proximity to two great DOCG wine – Nobile and Brunello – that has pushed Orcia producers to grow qualitatively very quickly and create a distinctive identity towards the millions of tourists and hikers, especially foreigners, who arrive in the area attracted by the beauty of the places and the goodness of the wines.
TECHNICAL SHEET FOR LEONE ROSSO 2019 DOC ORCIA
TYPE: dry red.
PRODUCTION AREA: Tuscany, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle
VINTAGE CHARACTERISTICS: Rather arid vintage, with little rain in winter, very rainy spring that delayed the budding and disturbed the flowering determining the small size of the bunches. Hot summer but interrupted by large thunderstorms that hydrated the soil and lowered temperatures. September with sunny days and cold nights.
GRAPE VARIETY: Sangiovese and Merlot
GRAPE HARVEST: 16-20 September for the Merlot. From 4-7 October for the Sangiovese. Grapes were handpicked with careful choosing of the clusters in the vineyards and 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.
AGEING IN CASK: 6 months in French oak tonneaux.
ORGANOLEPTIC DESCRIPTION OF LEONE ROSSO 2019
COLOUR: intense and bright ruby red.
AROMA: rich in suggestions that recall grapes, small ripe red fruits, spices and undergrowth.
TASTE: full, harmonious, intense, the flavour and alcohol balance well the tannins that appear very soft. The taste stretches pleasantly in the mouth with a savoury persistence.
LEONE ROSSO 2019 AT THE TABLE
FOOD PAIRING: very versatile and can accompany the entire meal. The Leone Rosso is also particularly suitable for snacks based on cold cuts and young cheeses. Adapts well to intense and even spicy foods.
TABLE SERVICE: room temperature (16-18°C), clear crystal wine glasses shaped like a large tulip.
CELLARING: 4/5 years after the vintage. Lay the bottles down in a dark and cold place.