Sasso Di Sole’s Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is aged for 48 months in large, used Slavonian oak barrels, following Tuscan tradition. These large (225-liter) barrels allow the grapes and wood to interact slowly over a longer time to give the wine its delicate flavor. This Riserva is a wine with unique characteristics of power, elegance, breadth and austerity. A first taste shows a strong impact of raspberry, blackberry and licorice, with tannins smoothed by long aging in large barrels, and a long and persistent finish.
Sasso di Sole Winery
Sasso di Sole are old friends from up the road in Montalcino. Roberto Terzuoli started working at the venerable Biondi Santi — the oldest producer of Brunello di Montalcino — when he was just a boy. After receiving his degree in oenology, he turned his attention to the family farm, bought by his grandfather after the war, bringing all of his knowledge and experience to bear on their ten hectares of sangiovese grosso in the breathtakingly beautiful Val d’Orcia.
The vineyards mostly face southwest, catching copious Tuscan sun, and they’re surrounded by olive orchards and wild forest preserved by the family to promote biodiversity and soil retention. Their wines are made with indigenous yeasts, and fermented slowly in the cellar before racking into steel tanks for malolactic fermentation and then aging in large slavonian oak barrels.
The Terzuoli family of Sasso di Sole has been engaged in the production of wines from the 17th century, with wisdom and experience passed through the generations. The family has always personally managed the production of the grapes, the winemaking and the refinement of the wine to ensure the highest quality in each bottle.
Sasso di Sole believes that respect for the land is the only way to obtain a great wine. The vineyards are approximately 1000 feet above sea level with south/southwest exposure. Medium-textured soil with the presence of stones guarantee structured wines suitable for long aging. A green harvest is carried out in several stages during the ripening phase, and a careful manual harvest follows to obtain intact, mature, high-quality grapes.