"Amore e Magia"
Brunello di Montalcino
DOCG
2015

Podere Le Ripi

It was 1998 when Francesco Illy, internationally known for the quality of the coffee produced by his family, bought a farm called Le Ripi, until then inhabited by a shepherd and his flock. An uncontaminated place, characterized by fertile soil and wonderful biodiversity. Difficult to describe in words the beauty of the landscape.

Francesco has an artistic vision of life, but above all he has a vision. He therefore decided to surround himself with a young, dreamy and enthusiastic team, led by the winemaker and managing director Sebastian Nasello and the agronomist Alessandro Riccò.

The design of the wine cellar built according to organic principles, the biodynamic management of the vineyards, the attention to eco-sustainability, the constant research that actively involves all members, experiments such as the famous 'bonsai' vineyard, and the whimsical character of which Francesco Illy has been able to permeate the environment, making Podere Le Ripi one of the most avant-garde Italian companies at an international level.

 

Total area planted with vines: 33 hectares / 77 acres

Annual production of the company: 70,000 bottles

Grapes owned by the winery: 100%

Grape varieties: Sangiovese 100%

Soil composition: clayish and limestone

Altitude of the vineyards: from 300 to 350 meters (from 985 to 1.150 feet) a.s.l.

Average age of the vines: 20 years

Growing system: spurred cordon

Density: 6.600 plants per hectare

Fertilizers: compost, biodynamic preparations, cover crops

Plant protection products: sulphur and copper

Weeding: mechanic

Yeasts: spontaneous fermentation

Average annual production: 15.000

Certification: organic

Refinement: 36 months of ageing in big oak barrels followed by 8 months in cement vats and a minimum aging of 12 months in the bottle

Colour: a deep ruby red, richer when compared to wines form the same vineyards

Nose: it expresses itself as a symphony of aromas going from intense scents of red orange and violet to fresh balsamic notes of herbs

Palate: creamy and silky taste coupled with a fun and vibrant saltiness

Alcohol content: 14,5% Vol

Ideal serving temperature: 16 - 18 °C / 60 - 64 °F

Matching: meat courses, aged cheeses

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