Sangiovese, Baracchi Winery 'Smeriglio'
Dating back to 1860, the Baracchi Winery is located on the rolling hills of the Valdichiana in Cortona, Tuscany. Made up of 32 hectares, approximately 80 acres, Riccardo Baracchi’s vineyards are located in 4 distinct locations within the DOC Cortona, a terroir renowned for centuries for the guaranteed quality of the location of earthy soils, full light, high altitude, and a microclimate of warm and dry temperatures. Each individually planted varietal, were carefully choosen based on the match of soil-to-varietal so that each plants characteristics and features were brilliantly accentuated.
Riccardo, the owner, wanted to combine and share the world of hospitality, fine dining and wellness with the production of great wines. Together with his son Benedetto and the oenologist and agronomist Stefano Chioccioli, he created a modern and dynamic company. His idea is to produce wines that are mirror and expression of the land, but also able to reinterpret it during the seasons using new techniques. Always with the utmost attention to the quality and genuineness of the products.
Smeriglio translates in English to emery, which is a very hard kind of mineral, used as a powder for polishing, making this a very fitting name for one of their estate falcons.
This stunner is an intense ruby red color with aromas of violet and cherry and spicy notes of juniper berries and balsamic hints. Medium to full body, firm tannins with red fruit that lingers on the palate and a floral finish.
Fermented and macerated with skins for 25 days in stainless steel vats. Passage in French oak barrique barrels of second passage for 12 months and then three months in bottle before the release.