Wine Spectator 94
Aromas of green tomato and tomato leaf segue into plum and cherry flavors in this concentrated red. Leather, iron and sanguine notes chime in as this cruises to a lingering aftertaste. Shows terrific intensity and balance. Best from 2022 through 2040.
Wine Enthusiast 94
Made with organically cultivated Sangiovese, this fragrant elegant red opens with enticing scents of underbrush, sunbaked earth, wild berry, violet, crushed mint and a balsamic whiff of camphor. Smooth and savory, the linear palate has surprising vibrancy for such a hot vintage, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, strawberry compote, star anise and white pepper. Elegant fine-grained tannins lend polished support while a coffee note lingers on the close. Drink through 2025.
Wine Advocate 91
The price difference between this 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the Vecchie Viti del Salco is noteworthy. This more affordable option delivers ripe fruit, dark cherry and blackcurrant folded within spice and delicate hints of campfire ash. It is a pure expression of Sangiovese, otherwise known locally as Prungnolo Gentile. The wine ages for 18 months in oak, of which 70% is botte grande and 30% is tonneaux. You'll catch a lot of plummy, ripe fruit flavors on the finish. A solid 120,000 bottles were produced.
Besides an extensive program of sustainability and environmental responsibility, Salcheto's wines are certified organic and incorporate biodynamic practices. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts, and they add only a small amount of SO2 at bottling. The result is an energetic wine where fragrant cherry, plum and mint aromas mingle with balsamic and cedar notes. It's fairly weighty and ripe on the palate, though the tannins are in proportion. This just needs some time to knit together.
At Salcheto they try to respect this relationship on a daily basis, as they attempt to maintain a balance with nature through sustainable farming and winemaking practices. These include non-invasive organic and biodynamic growing methods, as well as systematic energy and water conservation.
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