La Salceta La Nocetta 2007
The 2007 vintage in great Tuscany only brings smiles to the faces of most winemakers. So perfect was the entire season, many haven't seen anything like it since. A small winery like La Salceta uses a year like this to springboard themselves into consumers minds, and they make lifetime customers.
Ettore Ciancico is one such winemaker. His 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 then, a few thousand bottles of really stunning red wine deal you into the game.
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.
La Nocetta (a local hunting term) is Ettore's stab at a so-called Super Tuscan (a term I generally dislike). He blends the ubiquitous Sangiovese with the lesser-seen Cabernet Franc to make a somewhat powerful wine, but also a very refined style. Interestingly, the wine as completely raised in steel vats, no oak whatsoever, and bottled after two years of continuous racking in order to avoid "off aromas" and reduction.
A wonderful effort that will leave you a new fan of a small winery most have not yet heard of. Ready to drink!