Podere Le Boncie 2019 'Cinque' Toscana Rosso IGT
Item Number: 15689
Sub Region: Chianti Classico
Appellation/AVA: Toscana IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 95% Sangiovese / 5% Colorino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Podere Le Boncie Cinque Rosso is the little brother of Le Trame. This wine used to only be sold at the winery until Giovanna acquired an exquisite 1.3-hectare vineyard called Chiesa Monti about two miles up the road from her house. The extra grapes enable Cinque Rosso to be sold outside of the winery.
About the Name: Cinque was named for the five grape varieties that made up the wine: Sangiovese, Colorino, Mammolo, Foglia Tonda and Ciliegiolo. Although this wine is no longer composed of the 5 grapes that gave it its name, Giovanna notes that grape vines have five leaves and flowers per bunch, that their house address is number 5, and that in Italian school you are graded one to ten, with five not quite passing—a bit of ironic understatement in reference to one of the elite wines of Tuscany.
Vineyard Notes: Part comes from the non-gobelet trained vines of her original three-hectare farm, and another part from a recently acquired 1.3-hectare parcel called Chiesa Monte, which is three kilometers from Le Boncie and just outside the limit of Castelnuovo Berardenga. The parcel has very rocky limestone soils facing south-southwest in a windy area that is good for the health of the vines.
Winemaking Noes: Grapes are harvested by hand. After destemming, the wine ferments spontaneously in a combination of cement and steel, with a slightly briefer maceration than Le Trame. Malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously following alcoholic fermentation. Cinque ages it in large botti for roughly 12 months (one year less than Le Trame). The result is slightly less structured and gentler, but still deeply expressive of both the warm generosity of Castelnuovo Berardenga and of Giovanna’s pure style. Cinque is bottled without fining or filtration and with a minimal amount of SO2.