Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ‘Salco’, or more normally referred to as Salco. This is brick red colour and shows delicious dried and ripe dark cherries on the nose, with a touch of prune and a ripe, sweet core. There is definite complexity with savoury aromas of earth, cedar, spices and a warming meatiness and leather. The palate mirrors this but shows great balances with the fruit, and the prunes and warm earth are particularly prominent. The ripe tannins provide great structure, but are softly textured and are in perfect balance with the bright acidity. The finish is lovely and long and leaves you gasping for another sip…
The 2011 vintage is remembered among the difficult ones, but it is under those challenges that a single vineyard wine can make a difference. Pitfalls mainly came from the now frequent light and heat “storms” that beset the skins and grapes maturation in general. Careful work in the vineyard and a careful selection of grapes have instead allowed to enhance the vibrancy of colour, the texture and fullness of years like this.
Food Matching: This is a big wine and can handle very big flavours, try this with some wild mushrooms. Try it with a Wild Mushroom Risotto or maybe a Beef Wellington.
Grape: Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile
Technical: The Prugnolo Gentile grapes for the Salco are grown on the most mature plots in the vineyards of the estate: ‘Salco’ (2 ha/5 acres) and ‘Laghetto’ (3,5 ha/8 acres). This clone of Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile ripens easily and allows for beautifully intense aromas and flavours. It ia aged in oak for 24 months (30% in bottle and 70% in tonneaux) and refines in bottle for up to 48 months in the Salcheto cellar.
Vineyard / Winemaker
Salcheto is devoted to organic and sustainable principles of wine production. Mario Turrini, General Manager of Salcheto was tempted to the vineyard with a mission to revolutionise Salcheto wine production. This he has done over the last 5 years with a considerable investment. Many of the methods now employed at Salcheto are revolutionary. The three story winery is sympathetically built into the hills and all of the lighting is provided through light tubes, no additional lighting is provided in the lower areas. All of the vines are grown under bio-diverse conditions. Heating is provided Sustainability is built into the very foundation of the operation. Mario Turrini is also very realistic and his philosophy is that ‘Sustainability starts with a quality product that is sold at the right price. If the vineyard is not profitable it is not sustainable’. This makes Salcheto wines are great quality and great value, they just happen to be made in a very sustainable manner.
Salco means the willow tree in the ancient Tuscan language. An important plant for wine territories throughout history as its branches were used to bind the vines. Salcheto (Sal-k-et-o) is the name of the stream which springs at the foot of the town of Montepulciano. This winds through a valley and is the boundary of the organic and biodynamic estate. It is rooted in the historic district of Vino Nobile, in the southeast of the Siena province of Tuscany. The willow tree, a species that we continue to replant at the winery, also contributes to the winery’s energy independence, is today prominently represented in our logo as part of our commitment to environmental sustainability.