The Ripe al Convento vineyard, lying at 350-450 metres’ elevation, yields a wine that is the fruit of painstaking quality selection, first in the vineyard and then on sorting tables in the cellar, where every berry is examined. This Brunello Riserva exhibits a remarkably distinctive personality and significant cellarability.
The 2010 grape harvest ended on October 20. The year’s spring season was notable for frequent rainfall, which challenged the winegrowers both in managing the vegetation and maintaining it healthy while at the same time keeping ground water levels well supplied. The summer months were defined by an ideal climate of hot and sunny days, and cool nights, which lasted until the end of the season. The grapevines had the opportunity to express themselves at their best, and the grapes reached the winery in a state of optimal ripeness.
Unclouded and with a good consistency, Ripe al convento 2010 presents itself with a pleasing and intense red ruby colour with garnet hues. To the nose, the wine is complex and profound with an initially prevalent fruity presence of small black and red fruits such as plums, blackberries, and blackcurrant, which evolves into spiced vanilla notes and toasted scents of coffee, cocoa and tobacco. When tasted, the wine is warm, soft and balanced, and densely rich in tannins, which are well supported by the alcohol content and an acidity that is well balance by the other components. Tasted in December 2015.
The Ripe al Convento vineyard lies in the heart of Castelgiocondo estate, south-west of Montalcino, in an ideal territory for the cultivation of Sangiovese, at a height of 400 metres, well-drained territories and favourable south-west-facing side. The high density together with the manual selection and the scrupulous attention to details give an important track to this wine.