Fonterenza. Twin sisters Margherita and Francesca Padovani founded Fonterenza in 1997 on a farm owned by their parents since the 1970's, where the family used to vacation from Milan. The daughters fell head over heels with the property as adults and started planting vines in 1999. The estate is now at 4 hectares of high-altitude Sangiovese, surrounded by woods and olive groves. Of their vines, only 1 hectare is used for their Brunello di Montalcino; the rest goes into their Rosso di Montalcino and a younger-vine, stainless steel version called Pettirosso. The farming has been organic from the beginning, and the sisters, who do everything themselves, now work biodynamically. The cellar work is as minimal as possible. Fermentations are natural in large, mainly Slavonian oak casks; use of sulfur is minimal; aging takes place in a mix of botti, tonneaux and barriques. They make so little wine, so carefully and beautifully, under the radar of reviewers, collectors and tourists; with or without renown, Francesca and Margherita are firmly committed to their individual path in their famous appellation.
Beautiful, light and intense option if you're looking for Red Italian Wine! Pure velvet. The fruit for the Rosso di Montalcino bottling comes from 3 contiguous, north-facing estate plots - Vigna della Strada, Alberello and Bosco - on complex clay soils variously rich in limestone, sandstone and schist, harvested and vinified separately. The vines are farmed organically and harvested by hand. The fruit is destemmed, crushed and fermented with native yeasts in open-top vats with a maceration of 15-20 days. The wines of the separate parcels are then blended and aged in used Slavonian oak botti of 35 hectoliters for 24 months, before being bottled without filtration.