Nye vine på vej hjem
Rocca di Montegrossi
Chainti Classico 2016, Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino 2013, Geremia 2014,
Vin Santo 2006, Vin Santo 2007
Sauvignon 2016, Friulano 2016, Chardonnay S. Elena 2015, Pensiero 2014
Borgo Delle Oche
Pinot Grigio 2016
Seneste nyt fra Rocca di Montegrossi
v Den nye vertikal-kasse med Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino bestående af 2 flasker 2009, 2 flasker 2010 og 2 flasker 2011 vil blive markeret som Grand Selection
v Marco Ricasoli meddeler, at der nu er en ny vin på vej. Vinen er lagt på flaske i årgang 2015, men blandingen er stadig en hemmelighed. Smagningen på nuværende tidspunkt udviser en helt forbløffende kvalitet, og Marco giver udtryk for, at han er helt overbevist om, at ægteskabet mellem druerne ???? og ???? er rigtigt. Den skal nu modne i flaske i 2 år, så den kommer til salg i 2019 og kun i Magnum flasker. Vinkonsulenten Attilio Pagli er helt i ekstase over årgangene 2015, 2016 og 2017 på Ridolfo. Vi venter spændt.
v Restaureringen af den gamle kirke fra det 17 århundrede, som ligger på San Marcellino marken, vil snart blive påbegyndt og forventes at være tilendebragt i begyndelsen af 2019.
v Rosato 2017, som snart bliver frigivet og forventes hjemme hos Vitis Vinifera i maj 2018, er blevet forsynes med nydesignet etiket.
v Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino bliver i 2013 årgangen frigivet også i 3 liters flasker ”Jeroboam”
Nye vine kommet hjem
Rocca di Montegrossi
Chianti Classico 2015, Chianti Classico Vigneto "San Marcellino" 2010, Geremia 2013, Rosato 2016, Vin Santo 2006
Petrussa - 2015
Vino Bianco La Foglia, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco, Friulano
Borgo delle Oche
Pinot Grigio 2015
Rocca di Montegrossi
Chianti Classico 2015
Wine Spectator: 90 point - drikkevindue 2018 - 2026
Wine Align: 90 point - drikkevindue 2017 - 2021
James Suckling: 92 point
Vinous: 90 point
Falstaff: 94 point (Chianti Classico Trophy)
Chianti Classico, Vigneto San Marcellino 2012
Wine Spectator: 92 point - drikkevinue 2017 - 2028
Wine Align: 93 point - drikkevindue 2019 - 2026
Vinous: 92 point - drikkevindue 2017 - 2027
Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino 2013
Bibenda: 5 Grappoli
Veronelli: 3 stjerner
James Suckling: 92 point
Wine Spectator: 92 point - drikkevindue 2019 - 2032
Wine Align: 92 point - drikkevindue 2019 - 2028
James Suckling: 92 point
Vinous: 97 point - drikkevindue 2020 - 2033
Wine Spectator: 86 point
Wine Align: 91 point - drikkevindue 2017 - 2020
Falstaff Dec-Feb 2018
Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2015 (94 pts)
Full, bright ruby with light violet shades. Intense and attractive nose, shows scents of ripe cherries, prunes, spicy aromas of cedar wood in the back. Velvety and voluminous on the palate, unfolds soft, very sweet, ripen berries. It also shows good drinkability, juicy with long reverberation.
In the play off the positions have been determined. The winner of our Chianti Classico Trophy is the Chianti Classico 2015 Rocca di Montegrossi. The winery of Marco Ricasoli is located in Monti, in the southwest of Chianti Classico. What with twenty hectares is for the Chianti a relatively small winery, from several years already draws attention with superb wines.
The 2015 is a fairytale Chianti: dense and with full fruit, though juicy and with beautiful drinkability.
Naturen er grundlaget, men manden former vinen
Fra bogen "Vinmagerne i Toscana" af René Langdahl Jørgensen
"De siger alle sammen, at naturen laver vinen, men det passer ikke. Falsk beskedenhed eller storhedsvanvid på den amerikanske måde, hvor kun Gud og naturen er større end én selv, er årsagen til den slags pjat. Det er mennesket, der bestemmer, hvornår druerne skal plukkes, det er også ham, der bestemmer sig for at beskære vinstokken, så den ikke lod sine naturlige slyngede arme vandre hen over jorden eller søge op i det nærmeste træ. Det er ham, der bestemmer, hvor længe druen skal trække med masken; det er ham, der bestemmer, om vinene skal i træfad eller ej, og det er fuldstændig op til ham at bestemme, hvornår vinen skal på flaske, for der flyder den ikke hen af sig selv. Det er kort sagt mennesket, som laver vinen. Men det er naturen, som skabte vinplanten; det er naturen, der fandt på, at sukker kan blive til alkohol; det er naturen, som på nærmest uforklarlig vis kan skabe aromastoffer af ikke-organiske substanser. Naturen er grundlaget, men manden former vinen"
Høstrapport fra Rocca di Montegrossi - Årgang 2017
Marco Ricasoli Firidolfi
Vintage 2017 – Record heat and drought
After 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 I was confident that we would have experienced a warm, dry vintage, though of course I was hoping that it wouldn’t be of a such remarkable level as the 2017 has turned out.
With the exception of the timeframe from October 13th to the beginning of November 2016 when we have had heavy rainfalls, basically from November 2016 till today Nov 3rd 2017 we have had no real rain, other than some rainstorm. So we didn’t have those rainy days that allow the soil to recover and the water resources to refill and get to a pretty good level.
Temperatures have also been always above average during the fall 2016, as well as in winter and beginning of spring 2017. We only had 15-18 days of wintertime in January, but the remaining of the winter was still too mild. This has caused an anticipated germination of the vines of about one month!
From late April to May 10th we had, instead, a time span of unusual cold and the frosting has slowed down the growth of the sprouts, thus reducing the advanced development of the vines to about three weeks. However, we noticed that the development was not uniform, because of the cold, and this was reported during May and June, when finally the plants have reach again their balance.
At Rocca di Montegrossi we luckily reported few damages from the frost, thanks to the high, well ventilated and dry position of our vineyards in addition to the many fires that we lit during the night that have mitigated the damaging effects of frost on the vines.
I had much concern for the continued drought associated with the high temperatures – about 3-4 °C above average - that followed the cold days of early May. But happily till July 25th the nights were pretty cool and therefore the vines have held up very well, thanks to the help of a good micro climatic situation and to a continued soil working, to reduce the evaporation and keep more humidity in the soil.
Additionally, I decided to pinch the tops out of the plants just once, instead of the usual two (if not three in some areas) pinching sessions, with the purpose of avoiding any further stress to the plants and also to provide more shade to the grape by leaving the grapevines on the plants instead of cutting them off. Obviously we also didn’t do any defoliation in August. We defoliated only a few, facing-east vineyards in mid September.
After July 25th the temperature was high during the night, too, and the vines have started to suffer a little bit. The rainfalls were scarce and near zero. This is the first vintage I remember by heart the amount of millimetres of rain that have fallen: 6 ml in the beginning of August, 11 ml on August 10th and 1.5 ml on August 19th. A meagre amount but it has allowed the vines to survive. Indeed the vines were still in an excellent condition till 21st-22nd August, with almost no damage of withering or burning.
I was truly satisfied considering what I was told about the situation in other areas. But the last wave of heat that has lasted till September 1st , with high temperatures also during the night, has “exhausted” the vines and we started to spot some damage on the grape, happily not a big amount.
On average about 5% of the grape was showing raisined grape on the most exposed side of the bunch. It was so sad to see this situation, despite we had been fighting like lions to avoid it. Anyways, like already said, it was rather limited.
With the only exception of the Malvasia grape for the Vin Santo, that was harvested the last days of August, I didn’t rush to harvest.
The damaged grape was by then already damaged and no rains could “revive” it, but all the remaining grape could still benefit from the forthcoming rains that have come, finally, from September 1st as well as from other rainfalls that have followed during the first fifteen days of September, with cool temperatures even lower than average.
This has allowed the grape to rebalance with regards of volume and sugars, as well as for the acidity. At the same time, to let mature the tannins, I didn’t want to harvest straight away, but I decided to wait for the grape to recover its march to maturation.
I noticed that most producers had already, inconceivably, finished harvesting by the 15th of September!!! A haste that can’t be positive.
Apart from the Rosato that was harvested from September 4th to 15th, we started the “real” harvest on September 14th with a first amount of Merlot and then from September 21st and 22nd, followed by the Sangiovese for the Chianti Classico flagship. At the end of the month the Sangiovese for the San Marcellino, and on October 2nd the Pugnitello.
The harvest was concluded on October 10th with the harvest of the second part of Pugnitello and the Cabernet. So, we have harvested during a pretty standard timeframe, maybe just slightly anticipated.
I think that this decision was well taken and the result was very good. I can’t consider this to be the best harvest ever, but certainly it is a pretty high quality. This high quality is for all varietals with no exception. Just the quantity is a little lower, though, even if there’s been no dramatic loss but just a - 4,4% than 2016.
Therefore, considering the climatic trend of the vintage I can only be grateful for the final result that we have achieved. I am also thankful to all my team in the vineyards and the agronomists, Stefano Dini and Dario Ceccatelli, with whom we always discuss and exchange opinions to hopefully reach the right balance.
All this has produced a wine that Attilio Pagli has several times commented with an enthusiastic satisfaction and for me this isalready a remarkable sign