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Montesecondo Toscana Sangiovese bottle
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Montesecondo Toscana Sangiovese 2020

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100% Sangiovese. This is Montesecondo's largest production and always the first release of the vintage. Montesecondo comprises two different properties: two separate properties: both are biodynamically farmed and both lie in the San Casciano zone of Chianti Classico but are quite different from each other. The original family vineyard, generally referred to as "Montesecondo", is lower-altitude, warmer, flatter and with heavier clay soils in the town of Cerbaia; the newer one, referred to as Vignano for the name of the tiny village, is up at 500 meters and is cooler, hillier and rich in limestone. The fruit for the IGT comes from both properties, often from the younger vines and always picked earlier than the Chianti and the "Tin" red. Harvest is by hand and the bunches are mostly but not all destemmed, with varying proportions of whole bunches layered with whole berries in the concrete fermentation tank. The juice ferments spontaneously with natural yeasts and no sulfur. The maceration is shorter than for the Chianti and there are no punchdowns or other extractive measures. Aging is in concrete tank for about a year.