TYPE/VARIETAL: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino
PRODUCT: Montesecondo Chianti Classico
Silvio worked in the wine business in New York until he moved back to Italy in the 1990's to take over his family farm, Montesecondo, in the village of Cerbaia in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Silvio's father purchased the property back in 1963; besides olive groves and forest, there were vineyards whose fruit was sold to the local co-op. Silvio bottled the estate's first wine in 2000 from their vineyards of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot; they are being replanted over time with massale selection vines. Silvio used chemicals in the vineyard at first but could feel the toxic effects on his body and had converted the farm to organic by 2003; that same year, inspired by a seminar with Savennières's biodynamic icon Nicolas Joly, he began the conversion to biodynamics. Silvio saw a nearly-immediate and marked difference in the balance of his vines and wines; as a result, he stopped selling off any portion of his family fruit in bulk in the 2005 vintage.
There are now two separate properties, both being in the sub-zone of San Casciano in Chianti Classico. One is the original, fully-organic family property, at a lower altitude on clay and marl soils which yield richer, fleshier wines, at one far-end of San Casciano. The other is a long-term rental, where Silvio lives and biodynamically farms 6 hectares in Vignano, about 18 km from the original estate vineyard but still in the same San Casciano zone, at a higher altitude with cooler calcareous soils, surrounded entirely by woods and olive groves; from here come higher-toned, higher-acid wines. Sangiovese from both goes into all of his reds (with the exception of the Il Rospo Cabernet).
The emphasis at Montesecondo is on grape and place, best expressed in his opinion through minimal but careful intervention. Montesecondo is an under-the-radar force of quality winegrowing and winemaking in the prominent but variable zone of Chianti Classico, driven by Silvio's close observation of and involvement with his farming and winemaking, both of which are constantly adapted as he experiments with drawing out the best of his terroir and fruit.
Montesecondo Rosso Toscana
Montesecondo Sangiovese Toscana
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