The estate's objective is to produce a great wine without compromise, thus only the best grapes are chosen for Picconero. Once harvested, the grapes undergo 3 selection processes before only the whole berries are transferred to the French oak fermenters. The temperature is controlled while the skins are kept in contact with the wine for 30 days. Manual push-downs and pump-overs are done every 4-6 hrs with 1delestage per week. The wine is then kept in the cellar for 18 months of aging in new barriques, 6 months on fine lees. The wine is bottled and rests another 12 months before shipping. The extreme attention to detail starting in the vineyard with the green harvests enhancing the quality of the fruit on the vine, gives life to a great wine with complexity, sensuality and elegance and the promise of a long life. The name Picconero comes from Picco which is the Italian word for "peak" and nero, the Italian word for black, which Italians use historically to refer to red wine.
Grape varieties:: 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc
Altitude: 320-380m ASL
Soil: Lime and clay, with a considerable presence of gravel-sized stones
Tasting Notes: This superstar super-Tuscan is a blockbuster! Rich, concentrated and muscular, yet wonderfully balanced with deep tiers of cherry, plums and wild berries, and nuances of spice and currants. A long, flavorful aftertaste echoes with juicy fruit and mouthwatering tannins for minutes afterwards.
95 points, The Wine Advocate
93 Points, Wine Spectator
93 Points, James Suckling