A hamlet of municipal territory that, until the mid 19th century, was governed by a local prior. And which also enjoyed some small autonomy from the Papal State. This was the Appodiato: a name we have chosen to indicate some of our most prestigious wines. These include a wine that is both “classic” and innovative at the same time. A happy and wonderful blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Syrah grapes, cultivated among the gentle slopes of Montepulciano. We are talking about our Appodiato di Montepulciano Molin Vecchio - Igt Toscana. A wine of innate depth and elegance.
Vinified in small-capacity cement tanks in the presence of indigenous yeasts, our Molin Vecchio matures in 225-litre barriques of French and American oak for about 12 months, then moves on to bottle-ageing in underground rooms at a natural temperature for a good 45 months and more. Intense ruby red in colour, due to the strong anthocyanin concentration of the grapes of origin, Molin Vecchio presents itself to the nose with all its pronounced hints of plum, blackberry, nuances of vanilla and liquorice. A plant, the latter, which is harvested during the autumn season and which grows, mainly, on chalk and clay soils. How many features in common with the grapes that give us our favourite nectar! So, Molin Vecchio takes on this pleasant scent of liquorice precisely because of its long ageing in barriques, which enhances the wine's tertiary scents, integrating them perfectly with the red fruit and spicy aromas.
We have now reached the tasting stage. On the palate, Molin Vecchio stands out - on the one hand - with its more fragrant and harmonious aspects; on the other, with its powerful structure and strong body. A sip of extraordinary complexity: warm, dry, well-balanced. A full expression of its terroir of origin, associated with the aromas and balance of the Bordeaux grapes. A wine to be sipped calmly, without haste, indulging its natural propensity to evolve. Our Appodiato Molin Vecchio is, in fact, a wine of marked longevity. It is destined for long ageing, allowing one to best appreciate all its features of taste and smell, which range - as emphasised - from the most fragrant hints and flavours of red fruit and jams, to complex encounters between aromatic spices and toast. A bottle that surprises sip after sip, never "flat" or banal, capable of combining pleasantness and structure; elegance and power; harmony and body.