Campo di Magnacosta 2017


A single vineyard at 450 m asl, Campo di Magnacosta is a 1.5-hectare parcel of river gravel and silt on the valley’s bottom, planted with cuttings from Pomerol.

2017 was a difficult growing season throughout Italy: the winter was completely dry; the spring brought frost to the valley again after many years; then summer temperatures were exceedingly high, with peaks of 40*C during the day, for three straight months, and little or no refreshment at night, turning the Val d’Orcia into a sort of Sahara. At harvest, the berries were tiny, all skin and seeds and no juice. The resulting wines are like black ink – dense, dark, and closed. They have a density and concentration to them, alongside an unexpected green note; the vines had shut down due to hydric stress, accounting for this strange intersection of slightly under and over ripeness at the same time.

This year, we harvested in the Campo di Magnacosta on October 12th. The wine is quite peppery and spicy on the nose, with a green bell pepper note. On the palate, notes of ripe blackberry and prunes, chocolate, black pepper dominate.


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