Marco Bacci’s hand is also behind this rising star. He purchased the estate in 2001 and soon planted more than 100 hectares of which approximately 30 are Sangiovese and the remainder includes parcels of Petit Verdot, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. The estate’s greatest natural asset is, however, the exposure: it faces due east and the grapes, planted on steep slopes, profit from the heat. The new winery was completed in 2003 and uses gravity feed coupled with the sophisticated equipment one would expect of an estate turning out wines of this quality.
The Rosso is a seriously impressive maiden outing made from the oldest vines and boasts a complex, creamy nose with mulberry, Morello cherry and sotto bosco notes. Our allocation of the 2003 Brunello appeared to evaporate but those fortunate enough to buy some have secured a particularly authoritative and seductive example. For those who missed the 2003, I am pleased to report that the 2004 is even better. Buy this wine - it is utter genius with huge levels of extract and structure. Scented, complex, layered, tight: this will develop over the next decade into one of the DOCG’s finest wines. Do not miss it.