Padelletti Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2018

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Padelletti Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2018
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Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation/Sub-Region Rosso di Montalcino DOC
Grapes Sangiovese
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Certified Organic, Vegan

Padelletti is a name written into the fabric of Montalcino history: generations of Padellettis have served as defenders of the fortress, university professors, landholders, and winemakers for centuries. The vineyard holdings that Carlo Augusto Padelletti inherited in the nineteenth century, on the north side of the village sloping down from the castle, were already well established for their Brunello harvests. Nevertheless, Carlo Augusto found time—in between his other endeavors as judge, physician, and electricity innovator—to develop the estate. The Padelletti winery still operates out of an ancient building in the maze of narrow streets toward the edge of the village of Montalcino, and their wines still age in the cellar below the building. All of their wines come from one organically-farmed four-hectare plot. The kind of growing season that 2018 was—cooler and wetter than the years immediately before and after—favors a young rosso like this one. A bit less of the hot sun, and the longer growing season that resulted, allowed more freshness and brightness to make it into the bottle. A classic Montalcino, with cherry up front and earthy, umami flavors in the background, this is a bottle to savor now or to let mellow for a couple more years. Certified organic, vegan.