Pierluigi and his team have succeeded in developing this modernly fruity Sangiovese in addition to maintaining its noteworthy structured varietal character. The 12 hectares of Sangiovese are planted at 7,400 plants per ha, growing a select few bunches per plant.The grapes are further selected at harvest and the top grapes are destemmed and 50%are fermented in oak fermenters, 50% in stainless steel tanks. The wine undergoesmalolactic and ages for 1 year, a portion in barrique but the majority is in tonneaux of 500 liter oak tanks before the wine is blended by Rolland and then bottled where it rests until we taste it and agree it is ready for market. The name of this wine comes from the passo found in the circular forest on the highest point of the Montebello vineyard. From here there is a clear view of Siena, and the tower in Piazza del Campo can also be seen, which adds to the mystique of this passo. The "Pass" is a small circular forest on the highest point of the Montebello vineyard. It is believed that in antiquity hunters lured their prey and captured it in the "pass" hence the name Al Passo or the passage.Grape varieties : 85% Sangiovese, 15% MerlotAltitude : 320m ASLExposure : SouthSoil : Lime and clay, with a considerable presence of gravelAlcohol : 13.5%Tasting notes :Spicy notes of French oak rise above distinct aromas of cherry and berry. The palate has a backbone of Sangiovese, a roundness of Merlot and enhanced body from the oak. The fruit purity and varietal signatures are testament to the meticulous care given to the young vines.
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