We are planning to increase the number of hectares planted to Sangiovese so as to have them ready when we will initiate the extirpation of certain vines that are already old, planted in the areas less suitable and which therefore will be substituted in a few years.
When you think about a new planting, you begin with identifying the best soil. Now, since we have seen the climatic change in action, ithe altitude of the vineyard is also important and we, who are to the south of Montalcino, a zone that is notoriously warmer and ventilated, have planted new vines at altitudes of 350-400 meters in the last fifteen years (see the foto of our village Sant'Angelo in Cole as seen from our farm house agriturismo). Then, the choice of the graft (American rootstock resistant to phylloxera) was chosen on the bases of the type of soil (of which we do chemical analysis). Afterwards, we have identified the most suitable clone of Sangiovese.
Friday night and Sunday it rained a lot around Sant'Angelo, including Montalcino.
On our estate, it only rained a little bit, just 3 millimeters to be exact.
Yesterday, we have therefore begun the harvest again. And after the weeken of rest, we are now in our final rush. We will finish picking the grapes in the highest vineyards and then the harvest of this year will be finished.
Also the grapes that we are picking are excellent (see photo above). And as you can see, they have not suffered the drought at all.
The first wines obtained from the Sangiovese grapes are excellent. It is a very difficult vintage with a drop of production that will surely reach 20% at our estate. But qualitatively, it is excellent.
Herewith the translation of the voice for our estate in the Vini Tipici Senesi of 1933. The photo is of Piazza Franceschi where the old winery was and now is our storage and shipping department.
Fattoria Sant'Angelo in Colle
Owner: Honorable Attorney Roberto Franceschi
The above-mentioned estate is situated in the midway hills that surround the hamlet of Sant'Angelo in Colle. Its moderately dense soils are and almost entirely stony are in part Eocene in origin. The farm extends over a total surface area of 500 hectares and is divided into 32 parcels.
The following grape varieties are grown across the estate, listed here in their order of importance beginning with the most important: Brunello, Sangioveto, Trebbiano, and Malvasia. The vines are trained either "married" to acorn trees or along dried stakes, with or without iron wire. The estate is capable of producing an average of 500 quintals of wine annually.
The types of wine exhibited are garnet in color, more or less intense with hints of orange in the older samples. Their flavor is perfectly balanced, the aroma intense and delicious. They fall in the "superior" category intended for pairing with roast meats.
Typically they are sold in demijohns and in flasks and more rarely in kegs or bottles.
The winery is located in the village of Sant'Angelo in Colle and lies 9 kilometers from Montalcino and 9 kilometers from the railway station in Sant'Angelo Cinigiano. Smaller amounts of white wine and vin santo are also produced.
Yesterday we have completed the organic fertilizing of the land using manure pellets. They are easy to distribute and they are an excellent substitute for barnyard manure. At the same time, in order to avoid that it be burned by the sun, it was also buried by tilling the land.
We continue to harvest the Sangiovese to produce the Rosso di Montlacino. On Monday, we will begin to harvest the Sangiovese to produce the Brunello di Montalcino. Yesterday, the analytical monitoring has comforted us. The choice to wait to make the harvest has given the hope-for results. The potential anthocyanins have risen to 1428.00 and the extractible anthocyanins to 1017.00. The ripeness of the seeds is excellent. We are still convinced, that at least for us in Sant'Angelo in Colle, 2011 will be an excellent vintage.
The disturbance in the weather is continuing. It has snowed in Montalcino while here in Sant'Angelo in Colle it has only rained. However, the snowy mantle on the Mount Amiata has descended even lower, as one can see in the photo. Surely, we are to expect a very cold winter.