IGT Colli della Toscana Centrale
Michele di Lando, born in Lucolena in 1343, dedicated a poem to Salvestro de’ Medici, in which he narrated that a girl named Lena introduced the beautiful Semele, daughter to the King Cadmo, to the god Zeus. Zeus fell in love with Semele and chose to meet her in a wood in Chianti.
After her coupling with Zeus, Semele gave birth to the god Dionysus (Bacchus) who would later on bless his birthplace with the growth of prodigious grapes. The god also named it Loculena, meaning Lena’s place (loco). QueRceto Romantic is produced in this very same area.
A receipt originating from the Lena region used to be very famous in the Chianti shire. It is called “beginning” (implying “of love affairs”): in a jug full of old Chianti wine from Lucolena (about half a liter) infuse a cinnamon stick for 24 hours and then add a spoon of honey. Let the wine rest for a few hours before drinking it. The result is guaranteed.
Appellation: IGT Colli della Toscana Centrale
Grape varieties: Petit Verdot 50%, Merlot 30%, Syrah 20%
Vineyard: – Location: 2 hectares, 450-500 m. a.s.l. – Training system: Guyot – Planting density: 6.500 plants per hectare
Fermentation: about 20 days at 28°C
Aging: at least 24 months in wood – Refinement: in bottle for at least 8 months
1st vintage: 2009
Aging potential: 20/25 years
Wine profile: Dark ruby, very thick; balsamic notes and strong spices wrapping and seducing with a perfect tannin structure and a well integrated freshness.
Food pairings: Roasted lamb and game. Aged cheese.