Contrada S 2009

There was plenty of nourishment from the snow line at about 800 meters, extending and receding across the vineyards for most of the winter and into the spring. Then the furious weather changes of a high mountain mixed sunshine and drizzle until a dry summer set in.

The gravel and long afternoon exposition in Sciaranuova – this vineyard is slightly turned toward the west – augmented the swift diurnal changes that arrived each evening. This intensified the strong varietal aromas and flavors of the nerello this year in this Cru. We picked from the 25th of October to the 31st.

Vineyard age: 80 years

Vineyard area: 1 hectare

Vineyard density: 8,000 vines/Ha

Vineyard altitude: 850 m asl

Yield per hectare: 25 Hl/Ha

Fertilization: None

Spraying: Propolis, sulphur, clay, grapefruit seed extract

Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days

Aging: MLF followed by 18 months aging in large, neutral oak barrels

Production: 2,000 bottles


“The 2009 Contrada Sciaranuova S is one of the firmer wines in this set of 2009s. Bright red fruit, flowers, anise and minerals wrap around the palate in this wiry, energetic Nerello Mascalese. This shows substantial vibrancy and cut, along with intense mineral notes that become more prominent over time. Sweet scents of cedar, dried herbs and tobacco add complexity on the close. (Drinking 2014 – 2029)”

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