<10 tasting notes
Grown at the Femfert family's Maremma property called Mongibello delle Mandorlaie between Scansano and Magliano, only 8 km away from the sea at an elevation of 250 m. The soil is mostly sand with granite stones and clay underneath. Sangiovese 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Merlot 20%, Syrah 5%, Cabernet Franc 5%, 'secret' grape varieties 5%. 14 months in new (10%) and used barriques, four months in the bottle. Bottled July 2017.
Mid to deep ruby. Scented with a complex mix of red and black fruits and still remarkably primary in its fruit character. There's an additional layer that makes me think of crushed rocks, a sort of dusty quality that is more texture than aroma even though it seems part of the aroma. Firm, chewy but finely textured, with lots of freshness and that slight chalky grip that made me think of crushed rocks. It's surprising how little the Cabernet dominates, just adding its fresh cassis as a base layer and perhaps firming up the tannins. I'd find it very hard to identify the varieties if I tasted this blind. Lively and still very young. For the table, for now at least. (JH)
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