TEMPRANILLO Rosso Toscana IGT
For many years, the unsuspected presence of the tempranillo grape in San Miniato was signalled only by the letter X, eloquent testimony to the then-unknown history of the grape.
The name of the wine derives from the Tuscan pronunciation of the letter x, ixe.
This wine is sourced from all of the new vineyards of tempranillo planted from 1997 up to the present, using, as always, massal selections we carry out ourselves from buds taken from the historical vineyard; it also contains a small percentage of sangiovese.
The extraordinary adaptation of these vines to our local conditions has certainly made my task easier for this wine, and their generous character and the concentration of their fruit have allowed me to achieve that balance, spontaneity, and genuineness that I always want in any of my second wines.
My vineyard practices and the very health of the vineyards result here in a melding together of fragrances of lands both close and distant, and of fruit both nearby and far away, which leads to the conviction that this is a wine reflective only of this corner of Tuscany and with no similarities to other wines.
Among all my wines, it is grown with the most simple and natural vineyard practices, and what happens in the cellar is a natural reflection of this fact. Fermentation is in lined cement vats, carried out with just ambient yeasts, followed by a three-week maceration on the skins, with malolactic occurring right afterwards, also in cement vats.
IXE matures in wood for 14-15 months, in the same French and American oak barrels that were utilised the previous year to mature its older brother, Vigna alle Nicchie. After bottling, it will age further, until its second birthday.