Salcheto is named after the Salcheto stream that runs through this hilly, twenty-one-hectare property. Located in the heart of Montepulciano, Salcheto is dedicated to Sangiovese in the clonal guise of Prugnolo Gentile: the soul of Vino Nobile. Prugnolo Gentile differs from other Sangiovese clones in Tuscany in that it offers softer, more plum-like flavours than the usual black cherry. If we are allowed a sweeping generalisation, Prugnolo Gentile provides a mid-ground between the robustness of Brunello and the elegance of Chianti.
Under the management of Michele Manelli, Salcheto has become the epitome of environmental efficiency. It is the first estate in the whole of Italy to be fully self-sustainable and their energy independent cellars are a model of innovation and efficiency. Even the bottles they use are the lightest and most economically friendly bottles available! All the Salcheto wines are made without the use of sulphites and fermented using indigenous yeasts. The Vino Nobile’s are made from 100% Prugnolo Gentile, while their Chianti contains Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo and Mammolo.
”The willow tree, a species that we continue to replant at the winery, also contributes to the winery’s energy independence, is today prominently represented in our logo as part of our commitment to environmental sustainability” – Azienda Agricola Salcheto
The Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has plenty of dark fruit, a richness in the body and broad savoury, spicy notes, but with a great structure and length. Nice and tight on the finish. Pairs well with hefty red meat dishes.