Sanguineto I & II Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016


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“Somehow, Poderi Sanguineto I e II remains under the radar, even though their bottles are hunted worldwide. Much of this has to do with the fact that Dora Forsoni has absolutely no interest in marketing herself or her wines. While happy to spend some time with the occasional visitor to taste, Forsoni’s heart is in the vineyard. Dora Forsoni started on her father’s farm in 1968, working a total of fifty hectares, with only six devoted to vines, yet estate bottling only began in 1997. Sanguineto is traditional to the core, farming old vines with individual care. They follow organic practices out of respect for the health of the vineyards and themselves, not to achieve a label of status. The blend for each wine remains 80% Prugnolo Gentile with a 20% blend of Canaiolo Nero and Mammolo. Each year the fruit is harvested, fermented and placed into a mix of French and Slavonian oak botti ranging from 18 to 30 hectoliters, at which point the barrels are selected for their qualities. The Rosso spends one year in barrel, the Vino Nobile see two years in wood, and the Riserva (when the vintage warrants it) ages for three years in oak.”

Eric Guido, Vinous (02/23)