Marchesi Pancrazi San Donato
Lively ruby red color. A delightful bouquet of strawberries, cherries and flowers. Good body, firm yet sweet tannins, very pleasing, youthful freshness and roundness at the same time. Lingering finish.
$28.00 / Bottle $336.00 / Case
The story of this stunning Tuscan Pinot Noir from a fifteenth-century estate west of Florence, Villa di Bagnolo (property of Marchese Vittorio Pancrazi) is unusual to say the least. In 1975, 3,300 vines identified as Sangiovese were planted on the estate’s clayey/schistous/serpentine soil. The grapes were vinified as Sangiovese, and anonymously blended into the everyday family wine. Then one day in 1989, an oenologist friend of the Marchese pointed out the “Sangiovese” was actually Pinot Noir — in fact, probably Tuscany’s oldest Pinot Noir vines!
From 1989 to this day, Pancrazi, in synergy with both his winemaker and brilliant agronomist Paolo Mocali, has carried out in-depth innovations in the vineyard and in the winery. Today, the Pinot Noir vines on the estate, southerly exposed and covering 14 out of a total 173 acres, have been almost entirely renewed.
San Donato is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Gamay from the Pancrazis’ San Donato property. It undergoes partial the carbonic maceration, and is bottled the spring following harvest after bottle-aging for three to six months.