La Salceta Kitchen 6-pack
I love meeting traditionalists that have embraced modernism. When we first met, Ettore Ciancico challenged me to the idea that all wines prior to WWII were grown organically. Hard to argue. But then he winked, knowingly. But they didn't have temperature-controlled winemaking equipment, bottling lines, and glass corks either, did they?!
His school of thought on grape growing is simple: Work parcels small enough to handle them manually, co-plant other crops to create a monoculture (novel, huh?), and work without chemicals and herbicides.
Ettore's 3 hectare property in the Arezzo province is a jewel. He knew it, but no one else did. There are thousands of wineries in Tuscany, all vying for an ever shrinking piece of pie, and grabbing market share is hard to do. But slowly and surely you can make your way. I'm glad we were among the first to get there.
Ettore has farmed Salceta organically since he began developing it in 2000. He also farms olive trees for oil, and acacia for honey. The biodiverstiy is important (and unusual here, where there is virtual ocean of grapes in view as one drives around). His wines are bright-fruited, juicy, and teeming with life. There's something special here.
This 3-pack is one of the coolest products we've offered. Let's think of it as a kitchen stocker! You'll receive a bottle of Rosato, a bottle of 12 year-old Chianti Riserva, and a bottle of the best damn olive oil in Italy. Hard to beat for $50.
A wonderful introduction that will leave you a new fan of a small winery most have not yet heard of.