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Our tasting impressions
A worthy successor to the magnificent 2011, which our members smartly gobbled up. Despite the lighter vintage, Innocenti’s Riserva has firm tannins and fairly massive structure. There’s ample indicators of success like great palate presence and even better depth. It’s always a wine built for aging even though he delays release by at least a year extra. I’m stocking up!
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.
For a number of years, Innocenti produced this from 100% Sangiovese. Recently, Tommaso decided that it is better distinguished from the Acerone when made from a traditional Tuscan Sangioves blend. So, small quantities of Cannaiolo and Colorino are included. The grapes come from vines in Montepulciano planted 30 years ago.
Fermentation and maceration are on the skins for approximately 15-20 days. The wine ages in the oak barrels for 3 and 1/2 years, filtered with a wide-grain and aged 6 months more in bottle.
N.B. Innocenti uses the same front label for this as the Normale. The Riserva designation appears only on the back.
About the grape blend
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
2012 looked for quite a while like it was going to be a replica of 2011, with persistent above average temperatures. Late August rain saved the flagging vines and helped produce a vintage of generally balanced, fresh wines with a measure of delicacy.
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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