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Fattoria del Cerro
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
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This is the most classic and the most famous wine produced by Fattoria del Cerro. Montepulciano stands on a height at the southern extremity of the Chiana Valley in the province of Siena. An ancient legend has it that Montepulciano was founded at the orders of the Etruscan king Porsenna. From its earliest origins, Montepulciano was linked with wine, as is indicated by a red-figure cylix (wine goblet) that was made in the Chiusi area. The cup is decorated with the figure of Flufluns, the Etruscan Bacchus or god of wine, who is shown, in company with a maenad, playing cottabos, a game in which drops of wine were flipped at a special target.


Owner: Unipol Assicurazioni S.p.A.
Website: www.tenutedelcerro.it
Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 90% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese), 10%  Mammolo

Vineyard Location: Montepulciano
Orientation: South east
Elevation: 350 -450 m a.s.l.
Trellising: Spurred cordon
Vines/Acre: 3,300 (older vineyards); 5,000/Ha
Soil: Pliocene origin, with shells, stones, and some clay content

Vinification
Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days in stainless steel tanks. Maceration on the skins with daily pumping over/one delestage in the middle of the alcoholic fermentation for 10 days.

Aging Process
12 months in big Slavonian barrels of 110 Hl plus six more months in stainless steel tanks; six months bottle refinement before release.

Tasting Notes
Color: Vivid ruby red color and good concentration
Bouquet: Intense fragrant aroma with evident fruity notes among which are wild black cherry, violet and vanilla
Flavor: Full bodied and well balanced sip with silky tannins and a long tasty finish
Pairings: Grilled meats, roasted white meats and medium aged cheeses

Alcohol Content: 14%
Serving Temperature: 61-64°F
Production: 400,000 bottles