Fico 2016

Principe Corsini

2016
Toscana IGT
300 bottles produced Produced in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Florence Organic Farming Method from the Gugliaie vineyard 100% Sangiovese Altitude of 270metres with South exposition The soil is pliocenic hills rich in river stones 5,000 plants per ha. Trained on Spurred cordon Average age of the vine is 20 years. harvest on 19th September 2016. Fermentation - manual destemming, fermentation in open French oak barrels for 16 days; daily punch-down of the cap during fermentation. Unfiltered with no sulphites added. Bottle on 16th June 2016. 13% alchool. Denomination : IGT Toscana Sangiovese From a beautiful vineyard with a nearby fig tree (after which the wine is named), the 2016 Fico is only the second edition of a new wine project started by Filippo Corsini. Only 300 bottles were produced in this vintage, and I tasted this wine in one of the magnificent entertaining rooms inside the palatial Villa Le Corti with Duccio Corsini in September of this year. The bouquet took a minute or two to open, but it did so in resounding style with very clean and precise aromas of wild berry, cassis and fresh violets. We also tasted the 2017 vintage from barrel (only three barrels were made), and you already get a sense of the fullness and natural sweetness of that very warm season. The 2016 edition actually grows considerably in volume and texture as it opens slowly in your glass. The wine is fine and silky, with some chalky dustiness on the finish. Duccio is weighing a decision to use Tuscan clay amphorae (called orci) for future vinifications of Fico. Fico is a labor of love executed today by Duccio Corsini but started by his son Filippo in 2015. Only 300 bottles were made in 2016, so the wine is very precious and rare. Although I tend to avoid using the term "natural wine," Fico falls under the definition of that winemaking philosophy. The farming is organic and biodynamic, and winemaking is without sulfites and with little other intervention. This was the approach started by Filippo, and today his father embraces this project with the same passion and dedication. In many ways, Fico represents the young spirit and dynamic thought of a new generation in what is one of Italy's oldest noble families: it is a new tradition in a family made of many, many past traditions.
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Sangiovese
Alcohol-abv
15%
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Tuscany

Tuscany

One of Italy’s most preferred by wine connoisseurs, the region of Tuscany is probably only rivalled for its prestige by Piedmont, in the north. Tuscany contains a number of very fine DOC and DOCG appellations within its geographical borders, and is also home to the Super Tuscans. By far the most relevant Tuscan appellation is Chianti Classico, where some incredible wines that compete at the highest level are produced. Many of these amazing Chiantis will age for over twenty years. Chianti shares Tuscany with Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, both of which produce wines of great quality. Brunello is a local variety of the Sangiovese grape. The warm temperatures coming off the coast, combined with the cool breezes from the hills, create a multitude of microclimates.

DOCG and DOC

IGT: Toscana; Colli della Toscana Centrale; Vermentino di Toscana

DOC: Barco Reale di Carmignano; Bolgheri; Chianti; Elba; Maremma Toscana; Rosso di Montalcino; Val d’Arno di Sopra DOC;Vin Santo del Chianti; Vin Santo del Carmignano

DOCG:Brunello di Montalcino; Chianti Classico; Chianti Classico Riserva; Carmignano; Morellino di Scansano; Vernaccia di San Gimignano; Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Tuscany accounts for over thirty DOC and half a dozen of DOCG wines. In addition to the great, well-known and appreciated reds, the local production includes a few distinguishable whites, the most notable among them being, without doubt, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Other delicious whites include the Bianco d'Elba, Bianco di Bolgheri, Vermentino and Bianco di Pitigliano.

Grape varieties

One of the most well known is Sangiovese the mainstay in all but one of Tuscany's seven red-wine DOCGs. In Montalcino it goes by the name Brunello, hence the name Brunello di Montalcino; in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano it is locally known as Prugnolo Gentile. Chianti, famed the world over, also features Sangiovese, as well as permitting the addition of small amounts of Canaiolo and Colorino, and international gems Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As well as being famed for its reds, Tuscany produces some distinguished whites, one of which has achieved DOCG status: Vernaccia di San Gimignano.