Sangiovese Montalcino Italy
Every year during invaiatura, when grapes receive maximum input from the vine, Argiano reduces the yields on their two finest blocks of Sangiovese down to four or five bunches. This increases concentration of the berries and achieves remarkable intensity in the limited release Suolo, one of Tuscany's flagship wines. The palate is long and lasting with hints of balsam, earth and lingering fruit, an impressive capital of tannins and acidity.
Suolo means soil, the rich confluence of Tuscan terroirs which host Argiano's oldest vines. Grapes are selectively harvested by hand and brought to the winery in small crates. The presence of wild yeasts on a large proportion of whole berries initiates carbonic maceration as ferments begin from inside the grapes. Musts are left in contact with skins for three weeks gaining maximum extractions before being run off to 225 litre barrels. The wines complete malolactic in a selection of completely new French oak barrels of the finest grain, coopered to facilitate softness of tannin and fruit. Components are racked once over a period of fifteen to seventeen months before bottling, unfiltered in July.
Dark ruby colour. Nose of complex dark fruits, a beautifully delineated, perfumed red berry character, flowers and spice, licorice, smoke and earthiness in a gorgeously pure, vibrant expression of Sangiovese that bursts onto the palate. Beautifully textured, Suolo is silky and smoothly textured, a wine of exquisite balance, dark and mysterious with superbly integrated oak.