Read about Podere 414
Following World War 2, the government began a program to repatriate soldiers to the Maremma and reclaim the land, much of which was infested with malaria, and each parcel of land was allocated a number. In 1998, Simone Castelli, together with wife Mara, purchased the parcel numbered 414 and set about planting the varieties most suitable to the character of Maremma to produce a wine that is indisputably Mediterranean in character (generous in colour, aroma and body) without losing its elegance. A blend of 85% Morellino (the local name for Sangiovese here), 7% Ciliegiolo and the remainder a mix of Syrah, Alicante and Colorino, the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete and small wooden vats and aged in mostly large wood for 12 months.An intense ruby red, the bouquet is ripe and rich with red berry fruit and some spicy notes. The palate is round and smooth with good freshness, derived from the quality of tannins and acidity.