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The vineyards of Fattoria di Sammontana have alluvial soil and are located along the hills that border the Arno River in the Colli Fiorentini, 20km to the south west of Florence. Over 100 years ago Polish nobleman Michele Dzieduszycki moved his family from the imperial court of Vienna to Tuscany - and started making wine. Andrea, the fourth generation winemaker, has been implementing changes. The Chianti/ Sangiovese was certified organic from the 2012 harvest and the Fattoria is also using biodynamic practices in the vineyards.
Their ethos of minimum intervention continues in the winery which "allows our wines to fully express the characteristics of our 'terroir' and of the personality of our grapes."
I have stocked previous vintages of this wine when it was a Chianti DOCG (a different style from the Chianti Classico DOCG). Recently the winery became disillusioned with the Chianti appellation as you can read below. So it was delisted to become a Sangiovese IGT - but it's exactly the same wine - fruit-forward and an easy-to-drink unoaked wine. They use the same blend of grapes 90% Sangiovese Toscano and 10% Caniolo Nero which brings perfume and softens the Sangiovese a little.
Unlike many Chianti-style wines this Sangiovese has not been oak aged which means it retains the fruit flavours and aromas. The wine is naturally fermented and aged in concrete tanks for 6 to 8 months and aged in bottle for 3 months before release. It’s a great example of the style: a young, early drinking Sangiovese, elegant and fresh with clean crunchy fruit and soft tannins.
Usually Chianti-style wine is best consumed with food but as the tannins are light and the acidity and fruit flavours high you could drink this without food. Recommended to drink with lamb, game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, pizza and tomato-based dishes - think Italian!
"It has been our choice to come out from the Chianti DOGC, because it is now a very bureaucratic and commercially focused organization, especially the one for Chianti (Chianti Classico DOGC is a bit more quality focused). We did not feel we belong anymore to their philosophy, which is mainly accommodating mass production of Chianti for cheap supermarket wine full of additives and all tasting the same. Like many winemakers that make natural wine, we decide to come out and be freer to create a more personal, natural, and less commercial expression of Sangiovese. It is exactly the same wine, simply without the word Chianti."
Chianti by another name - this Tuscan Sangiovese IGT delisted from the Chianti appellation but is the same amazing wine with mouth-watering acidity and typical Sangiovese sour cherry flavours. It's made organically & biodynamically and is suitable for vegans & vegetarians