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Delicious. It takes some mad skills to pull off a wine like this. The balance point between rosé & light red, the crunch with real flavour, the texture. Sure winemaking smarts are key, it’s that innate sense of touch that allows a cluey vigneron to layer in the kind of character this has that makes the real difference. Is it a Light Red or a Rosé? Who cares, it just an ace wine.
The 2022 Rosato Fuori Misura is a very pretty wine. In this vintage, the Rosato is not quite as potent or red wine-like as it can be because summer rain caused some bloat in the fruit. Crushed red berry fruit, white pepper and orange peel are nicely delineated throughout. The 2022 is somewhat understated for this wine, but very nicely done just the same.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous 90 Points
A wine produced by blending together must extracted some 12 to 24 hours following the crushing process from vats respectively containing Chianti Classico, Baroncole (Chianti Riserva), Percarlo and Ricolma grapes of the year 2015 harvest. The above described blend further enriched by a 10% addition to its volume of freshly crushed grapes, which were kept macerating in the liquid for up to 12 days. Fermentation temperatures controlled so as not to exceed the 27 degrees centigrades limit. Stirring and pumping operations carried out daily, as usual. The outcome is a wine of strong rosy colouring, actually verging on an outright red hue, and of concentration within the acceptable average.
San Giusto a Rentennano, originally a monastery fortified in 1204 by the Florentines as their boundary with Siena, today uses the underground vaults built as part of the fortification as their cellars. For centuries it was owned by the Ricasoli family of neighbouring Brolio, passing to the Martini di Cigala family in 1957. This beautiful 160 hectare estate, with 30 of vineyards, is run by brothers and sister team of Francesco, Luca and Elisabetta. The vineyards enjoy exceptional exposure with considerable day and night temperature differences and the terrain is composed of various soils rich in minerals.
San Giusto’s wines are renowned for their elegance, balancing rich fruit and beautiful aromatics with superb freshness. Chianti Classico shows great purity with bright red fruits and floral notes. Le Baroncole, a Riserva selection aged for 16-20 months in barrique, has dark cherry fruit, flowers, spice and liquorice. Percarlo, the estate’s flagship wine first made in 1983, is a selection of Sangiovese from across six cru vineyards that form the best expression of the terroir of San Giusto. Multi-layered with rich dark fruit supported by firm tannins and beautifully integrated oak, Percarlo is a powerful wine that cellars well for up to 20 years in the finest vintages. La Ricolma, one of world’s great Merlots, is typically silky with rich plummy fruit and a distinct stamp of ‘Tuscanness’.
Finally, Vin San Giusto is one of Tuscany’s finest Vin Santos. Made mostly from Malvasia with 10% Trebbiano, the grapes are dried on racks for approximately 140 days before being pressed into six small chestnut barrels for six years. Concentrated and complex with fig, toffee, salted caramel, prunes and spice, the palate goes on and on. This is one of Italy’s must try before you die wines, unfortunately our allocation is just 24 bottles.
The estate is comprised of 160 hectares, situated at an average altitude of 270 meters above sea level. 31 hectares are planted in vineyards, 11 in olive groves, 40 in woods, 78 in cultivated and grazing lands. The terrain is composed of various soils rich in different mineral components, sand, clay, lime, alkali, argil and calcium. The microclimate is characterized by considerable day and night temperature differences and often heat during harvest time. All the vineyards enjoy exceptionally favourable exposure. During the months of July and August, we thin-out the natural growth of grape bunches by 30-50%, a practice called “green harvesting ,” which encourages the full and perfect maturation of our grapes.
Our farming methods remain largely manual and exclusively organic certified.
That first bit of kit in the pic’s below is a seriously expensive destemmer. Having one is sign that a winery is intent on working gently with the fruit and is prepared to spend coin to build divine mouthfeel and tannin profiles. You can see one in operation in this Wine Bites Mag article “Winemaking Excellence – Fruit Sorting & Destemming at Yabby Lake with Tom Carson”.
Red wine IGT Toscana
Grapes: Sangiovese 93% – 5% Canaiolo – 2% Merlot
Harvest: 25th – 28th September 2019
Yield for vine: 1 Kg
Ageing: 5 months in inox tanks
Bottled: 20th March 2020 – Production: n. 8.200 bottles of 750 ml – Analysis: – Alcohol: 14% – Sugar: <1 g/Lt – Acidity: 7.07 g/Lt – Net extract: 22.9 g/Lt – Volatile Acidity: 0.35 g/Lt – pH: 3.16 Sulphur: less than 100 mg per liter as required by organic laws.
San Giusto is in the Gaiole within the Chianti Classico sub-region of Tuscany.
COther sub-regions include Montalcino and Montepuliciano. Like Montalcino, Chianti covers a large area and is relatively poorly defined in comparison to the likes of Barolo.
As is often the case with Italian wines there is confusion created by an ever changing general classification system. In this case we have wines two basic designation. The first, the Chianti Classico DOCG for which you see a black rooster on the label or neck tie which come from a defined area between Florence and Sienna. The Second Chianti DOCG or greater Chianti region that surrounds the Chianti Classico DOCG which in turn is broken up into seven sub-regions as seen in the second map below.
The 2021 Rosato Fuori Misura is gorgeous. Bright acids lift a core of Sangiovese, with touches of Merlot and Canaiolo In 2021, the Fuori Misura has a bit more freshness than in previous years, but still offers plenty of depth. It's a style I like very much. The Fuori Misura is a blend of 2/3rds saignée juice and 1/3rd early picked fruit.
Where in the world does the magic happen?
Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano, Località San Giusto a Rentennano, Gaiole in Chianti, Province of Siena, Italy