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Our tasting impressions
Innocenti makes very transparent wines that reflect the vagaries of each vintage very accurately. So, here we have a lighter and leaner Vino Nobile. But it has fine lift and smooth, tangy fruit. The drying tannins add structure. It won't compete well with the two prior vintages of this wine but it is a beautiful, true expression of Sangiovese that is better for near-term consumption.
About this wine
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is, along with Brunello and Chianti Classico, the epitome of Sangiovese-based wines in Tuscany. At their best, Vino Nobile combine the power of Brunello with the finesse of Chianti.
Innocenti’s Vino Nobile is a very traditional blend of predominantly Sangiovese (technically Prugnolo Gentile, the name for its local sub-variety) with some Cannaiolo and Colorino. Fermentation and maceration, with the skins, lasts 15-20 days. It ages 30 months in oak barrels (only 24 is required) then passes through a wide-grain filter for bottling. It is released much later than most Vino Nobile after bottle aging at least 2 months in the Innocenti's cellar.
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.
Cannaiolo and Colorino are traditional blending grapes for Tuscan Sangiovese. Colorino is sparsely used today. Apropos of the name, its deep pigmentation mostly adds color to the blend but also tannins. Cannaiolo balances the other two with softness and imparts graceful herbal flavors.
About the vintage
2014 was a challenging growing season, particularly the first half. Lots of rain, little sun and lots of heat might have resulted in unripe and dilute wines. But the late summer improved, and an extended Indian-summer helped the grapes ripen. A vintage of lighter wines in general, but Innocenti wines are not general.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté
Vittorio Innocenti, a former philosophy teacher and his son Tommaso run this estate from a 13th century cellar in Montefollonico. They own 32 hectares in and around Montepulciano but only 12 are planted with vineyards of up to 50 years old. The vista views from the back patio are incredible.
They produce seven wines, but the cellars (in multiple locations) are dominated by the small barrels containing Vin Santo - a traditional Tuscan dessert wine. Vittorio says he has enough crops to produce more wine but he can’t because there is no room to store it.
Vittorio speaks no English and I no Italian. So we struggle to communicate in French unless, as usually is the case, his close friend Laura is on hand to translate. Despite the language gap, I like and have a deep respect for Vittorio. He is intensely committed to producing the highest quality wines and takes as much pride in his most modest offering as he does his top bottling.
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