Thursday, 17 May 2012

Enrico Santini, humble man, stunning wines...

Back in 1995 Enrico Santini decided to leave his career in retail and pursue his dream to grow and make wine. Having always lived in Bolgheri it was logical to set up there. After 3 years working with another producer he planted his own vines on his own land in 1998. The vineyards for red are planted roughly as 40% Cabernet, 30% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 9% Syrah and a tiny 1% Petit Verdot. There are three wines
Campo alla Casa - Fresh white, lovely young but even better with 12-18months (60% Vermentino & 40% Sauvignon Blanc). This is the field "campo" of the house "casa", i.e. from land around the house.
Poggio al Moro - Main (in volume) red from the above varieties.
Montepergoli - The flagship, not always made.
I was lucky enough to host a Lunch with Enrico (yes at Zucca!!). We tasted/drank:
Campo alla Casa 2010 - Fresh with a lovely textured edge coming in, richness arrived as the wine warmed up in glass, lemon and lime but with a waxy texture...nice.
Poggio al Moro 2009 - I have this wine quite often, it is luscious, rich but with black fruit freshness, very approachable due to the ripeness, a seriously enjoyable glass of wine, a drinker at home, often.
Montepergoli 2006 - Along with the above the last of the current releases, this is rich and dark but with an inviting structure, best in 3-4 years but enjoyable decanted now.
Montepergoli 2000 - Fresh, red fruited and juicy, amazing for a very first wine, lovely now.
Montepergoli 2001The 2001 is a more savoury, gamey and ultimately serious wine with a good structure still showing. If this (and the 2000) is how the two first vintages have come along then the estate is on the right track.
Enrico is not after world acclaim or even critical acclaim he just wants a good price for his very good wines and to be able to leave a lasting legacy for his family, two boys and two girls!!
I certainly enjoy helping put by buying and selling these wines.

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