Sator Sileno Sangiovese Montescudaio 2016 (750mL/1.5L)


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Mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer for minimum purchase of 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) per producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 (+$2 if order less than $400) or more & $6/bottle for 6 (+$2 if order less than $200) per producer. The $2 surcharge applies to all orders from France.

Our tasting impressions

We love that this Sangiovese expresses itself so distinctly from Chianti, etc. It's wonderfully bright and juicy. There are still some tannins and oak to be resolved but the wine has such vibrancy and energy that you barely notice them. Enjoyable and impressive!


About this wine

Sangiovese from individual plots are harvested manually, then vinified and aged separately. The wine-making process varies according to the climate of that year. The fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts and at a controlled temperature. Aging is in oak barrels for 6-8 months then in bottle for six.


About the grape

Sangiovese is the most planted grape in Italy and is the dominant grape throughout the central part of the country. There are many variants and even different names like Prugnolo Gentile, Brunello, Sangioveto and Morellino.


The grapes are dark and thick skinned, slow-ripening, acidic and tannic. Like Pinot Noir, Sangiovese is heavily influenced by its terroir and similarly can be quite transparent in its differences from place to place.


Traditionally, Sangiovese-based wines (except in Montalcino) have other grapes mixed in, but in recent history there have been many successful wines produced from 100% Sangiovese. So, today, they are quite common.


Gianni's perspective on the vintage

2016 was a textbook vintage. Autumn was unusually hot. The winter was very rainy and cold only in February. New buds appeared in the middle of April thanks to higher temperatures. Spring was a mix of rain and sun with temperatures constantly below average. At the beginning of summer, temperatures returned to normal with some periods in July higher than usual.

The trend of temperatures and the good water reserves accumulated during winter and spring, prevented water stress and the vines reached their desired stage of maturity. August saw a good range of temperatures and heavy rain in the middle of the month. Fine conditions leading up to harvest helped the grapes to become sweeter and to reach the perfect ripeness. The harvest started at the beginning of September collecting first Merlot and Ciliegiolo grapes, ending with Sangiovese in the middle of October.


Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté


Sator in Latin means one who plants and was a minor Roman god of agriculture. It features in the famous, yet mysterious, Sator Square. 


There is nothing mysterious about Sator, the Azienda in the village of Pomaia in the northern Tuscan Maremma. This is the west coast, near Pisa. The Moscardini family has owned this land for 2 centuries but Gianni and Roberta were the first to plant vines in the volcanic soil in 2008.


Production is 50,000 bottles annually from 13ha at an elevation of about 180m. The vines are trained in the Guyot system. They make DOC Montescudaio from grapes like Sangiovese and Merlot as well as an array of Toscana IGT from Italian varieties not necessarily associated with Tuscany. All of the varieties are planted in at least 2 plots - each with a different soil composition.


Their style is focused on wines of elegance. Their credo is to produce wines that fit seamlessly with the land in which they are planted, which is why they vinify the grapes from each plot separately prior to blending.