La Spinetta 'Il Nero Di Casanova' Sangiovese Terre di Pisa 2016

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About This Wine

Loads of joy by the glass. Simple, vibrant, brightly flavoured, kissed with powdery tannins, sweet fruited core and a lash of orange-y acidity to close. It’s sangiovese 101 but modern, vibrant and made for quaffability. It’s joyous stuff, not overly cluttered with any one element, and suggestive of best drinking in youth. Dive in.

100% Sangiovese mostly from the Casanova vineyard, with around 20% sourced from the Sezzana site. The soils are calcareous with ocean sediments. The vines have an average age of 18 years and grow on a south-facing slope at an elevation of 250m. Sustainably farmed with no use of pesticides or herbicides. This undergoes alcoholic fermentation for 9-10 days in temperature-controlled rotofermenters. It then goes through malolactic fermentation in medium-toast French oak barrels, where it's matured for nine months. It's transferred to stainless steel vats for two months before bottling, then aged in bottle for another six months before release. It's an intense ruby red, with lots of candied orange, dark fruit and dried flowers on the nose. It's full-bodied with soft, silky tannins and a chewy finish. Funky and intense, with lots of berry and bitter chocolate characters, elegant but with delicious richness.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Sangiovese
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Brand La Spinetta
Vintage 2016

Wines of Tuscany

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is one of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery, and history. Located in central Italy along the west coast, its production of Sangiovese wines is world renowned. Some of Italy’s most famous subregions for Sangiovese such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano can be found here.

Tuscany makes both simple and top tier, age worthy Sangiovese wines. At entry-level you have a wine that is pizza and pasta friendly with bright and juicy red fruit. On the other hand, the highest quality representations of Sangiovese are remarkably complex with flavours ranging from sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs and leather to fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco.

In evidence of the quality produced, Tuscany produces the third highest volume of DOC and DOCG quality wines in Italy, only trailing Piedmont, and Veneto. DOC and DOCG wines are the highest designation for Italian wines, while you will often see the IGT classification used to represent wines from Toscana that do not reach the standards for DOC/G.

There is another unofficial class of Tuscan wines called Super Tuscans which also command high prices. These wines are often made from international wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese.

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