Sanguineto I & II Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2019


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“There are few producers who, when you visit them, you can actually feel the energy and passion that they bring to the vineyard and winery; and so it was with Dora Forsoni, of Poderi Sanguineto I & II. If you want to talk about under-the-radar in Montepulciano, then you’re in the right place. When looking at the team at Poderi Sanguineto I & II, all four of them on the day I was there, what you see are salt-of-the-earth farmers, as well as a small village of vineyard dogs and cats that peer down at you from barn windows, balconies and perches. When you speak to them, you might be surprised to find that they’re amazed that you came to visit them instead of one of the many well-marketed and funded producers of the region. Dora Forsoni, now at the age of 72, makes honest wines using the same traditions that her father taught her as a child in the vineyards and cellars. The family farm covers fifty hectares, yet only six are planted to vines. Having started working in the vineyards in 1968, she knows these vines like they are a part of her family, and treats them as such. You won’t see any organic certification on these wines, but that’s because they simply don’t believe in the same guidelines of what an “organic” wine is. In the end, Dora Forsoni will tell you that she lives amongst these vines and loves to drink her own wine, so why add anything unhealthy to them? The primary red grape planted here is obviously Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese), but also Mammolo and Canaiolo. There’s also Malvasia Verde, Malvasia Bianca, Biancame, Trebbiano and Grechetto planted, which today go into the Bianco, but were originally used by her father long ago to soften the Vino Nobile. An all-natural approach continues in the winery with indigenous yeast fermentations completed in cement, at which point the juice is moved to large oak botti of various sizes. From there, she decides which barrels will be Rosso, which will be Vino Nobile and which will be Riserva. Other than the moment that decision is made, the only difference is the amount of time each of these wines matures in barrel. Dora Forsoni will tell you, “one year, one wine, three expressions”. It’s really that simple, or is it? Because the fact is that some of the region’s best wines are being made by this group of humble farmers who prefer honest work and indulging in the fruit of their labors at the end of the day over technology and trends. Tasting the incredibly pretty 2018s here made me feel like swooning, but even more exciting was a preview of the 2019 Vino Nobile from barrel and the Rosso from bottle.”

Eric Guido, Vinous (10/21)