Run by the talented Stella di Campalto, the 6 hectare San Giuseppe wine estate in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, is strewn with several soil types (volcanic, iron-rich, galestro, clay…). It was originally planted in 1992, became organic in 1996 and then biodynamic in 2002. Great attention is paid to harvesting the parcels of vines separately in order to capture the maximum fruit quality and soil expression, using gravity and a combination of large 38hl Austrian oak barrels and French oak barriques to vinify the juice as gently as possible.
The wines of Stella di Campalto are released a year or more later than its peers. Following the 2009 vintage, all Brunellos released from this estate are identified as Riservas to allow extra cellar-aging time.
Grappa di Brunello is grappa distilled in the Tuscany wine region of central Italy. It is made from grape marc (the solids left after pressing grapes) resulting from the production of Brunello di Montalcino wines.
Grappa is the classic Italian grape spirit, produced primarily in such regions as Veneto, Tuscany and Piedmont. The drink is distilled solely from leftover pips and skins. Therefore, its organoleptic qualities depend more on the skill and care of the distiller than the abilities of the vineyardist or winemaker.
However, to gain any level of depth and complexity from grappa, the marc from which it is made must be of very high quality. It is here that the famous quality of Brunello’s wines plays a part. Grown and vinified under some of the tightest production restrictions of any DOCG, the Sangiovese grapes used to make Brunello wines are typically of a very high grade
» Wood ageing:: Over 2 years in barriques
» Alcohol: 42%
» Total production/year 500 ml: 407 bottles
» Total production/year 750 ml: 300 bottles