Terroir: Sorgente Vineyard; Sandy clay and Albarese (stratified Schist)
Farming: Certified Organic; Practicing Biodynamic; Hand havesting; Plantings in 1994 and 2001.
Winemaking: Ambient yeast fermtation in stainless stell tanks with 18-day maceration; Aged for 18 months in 5-hectaliter French oak casks (20% new) and 6 months in bottle.
“Podere Salicutti is gem of an estate located in the southeastern part of Montalcino. The winery has long been one of the leading figures in the burgeoning “Natural Wine” movement in the Brunello appellation. Until 2016 it was run meticulously by Francesco Leanza who left his career as a chemical engineer in Rome to dedicate himself full-time to Podere Salicutti in 1995. Leanza originally purchased the property in 1990 and immediately began reviving the olive grove and renovating the building on the estate. A few years later, he set out to revive the vineyards, which he began replanting in 1994. In 2016, Felix and Sabine Eichbauer purchased the estate from Francesco and with that purchase, Francesco agreed to continue to run the winery for a few years.
The entire Salicutti estate comprises 11 acres: just over four of which are planted to vine, one and half planted to olive tree, and the balance being the yard and forest. There are two main soil types at Salicutti, to the east where the Piaggione, Piaggione Alto and Teatro vineyards are located is mainly sedimentary rock – a soil called Albarese. To the west, where the Sorgente vineyard is located, is calcareous clay rock. Starting with the 2015 vintage, Salicutti makes one Rosso di Montalcino which is sourced from younger vines in the Sorgente vineyard (Sorgente Nuova vineyard).” -Polaner Selections