In a nutshell: A big and powerful organic Tuscan red from Montepulciano.
The lowdown: Made from 100% Prugnolo Gentile (outside of Montepulciano known as Sangiovese) it's matured for 18 months in cask and a further 12 months in bottle. It's loaded with dark fruit, leather, spices and a certain earthiness around a deep cherry fruit core. With its medium body the firm, polished tannins really come to life as it builds to the finish.
When to drink: A good match to roast meats, game, or mature cheeses.
Salcheto is named after the stream of the same name that runs through this hilly, 21 hectare property. Located in the heart of Montepulciano, Salcheto is dedicated to Sangiovese in the clonal guise of Prugnolo Gentile: the soul of Vino Nobile. Prugnolo Gentile differs from other Sangiovese clones in Tuscany offering softer, more plum-like flavours than the usual black cherry. If we are allowed a sweeping generalisation, Prugnolo Gentile provides a mid-ground between the robustness of Brunello and the elegance of Chianti.
Under the management of Michele Manelli, Salcheto has become the epitome of environmental efficiency. It is the first estate in the whole of Italy to be fully self-sustainable and their energy independent cellars are a model of innovation and efficiency. Even the bottles they use are the lightest and most economically friendly bottles available.
All Salcheto's wines are made without the use of sulphites and fermented using indigenous yeasts. The Vino Nobile's are made from 100% Prugnolo Gentile, while their Chianti contains Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo and Mammolo. More recently they have released a range of natural wines under the label 'Obvius'. Salcheto's range all have a great deal of finesse, and phenomenal drinkability.