A Symphony of Tradition and Elegance from 70-Year-Old Sangiovese Vines
In the heart of Tuscany, where rolling hills and centuries-old vineyards paint a picturesque landscape, lies the Tenuta Le Mandorlaie estate— our home and vineyard farm, a haven for wine enthusiasts seeking the epitome of Italian craftsmanship. At the heart of our portfolio stands a remarkable red wine that captivates the senses and pays homage to the region’s rich winemaking heritage. This exceptional creation is none other than ‘Capricci‘ Tenuta Le Mandorlaie Italian Red Wine, a profound expression of the Sangiovese grape, aged meticulously in oak barrels.
The Essence of Sangiovese
The soul of Tenuta Le Mandorlaie’s signature red wine lies in the Sangiovese grape, a varietal that has thrived on the estate’s vines for an astonishing 70 years. This grape variety is synonymous with the region, revered for its versatility and ability to convey the unique terroir of Tuscany. The grapes are carefully handpicked at the peak of ripeness, ensuring that only the finest fruit contributes to the creation of this exceptional wine.
IGT Toscana Rosso: A Distinctive Appellation
Tenuta Le Mandorlaie’s commitment to excellence is reflected in the wine’s designation as an IGT Toscana Rosso. This prestigious appellation allows winemakers greater flexibility in blending and stylistic choices, empowering them to create wines that showcase the unique characteristics of the region while embracing innovation.
The Aging Process: Crafting Perfection
The journey from vine to bottle is an intricate dance of time, skill, and craftsmanship at Tenuta Le Mandorlaie. The aging process, a crucial element in the creation of this red wine masterpiece, unfolds in three distinct stages, each contributing to the wine’s complexity and depth.
Twelve Months in Steel Vats
The first leg of the journey sees the young wine resting for twelve months in steel vats. This period allows for the development of primary flavors, ensuring that the essence of the Sangiovese grape is captured in its purest form. The steel vats, with their neutral characteristics, provide a clean canvas for the wine to express its vibrant fruit profile and delicate floral notes.
Six Months in French Oak Barriques
As the wine progresses to the second phase of its maturation, it encounters the rich embrace of French oak barriques. This stage imparts a harmonious marriage of flavors, as the wine absorbs the nuanced characteristics of the oak. The French oak contributes subtle notes of vanilla, toasted oak, and a hint of spice, elevating the wine to a level of sophistication that is synonymous with the Tenuta Le Mandorlaie commitment to quality.
Three Months in the Bottle
The final stage of aging occurs in the sanctuary of the bottle, where the wine undergoes the last transformative phase before reaching the eager hands of enthusiasts. This bottle aging process allows the flavors to integrate further, creating a seamless symphony of aromas and tastes. The result is a wine that is not only a testament to the estate’s dedication to tradition but also a nod to the innovation that propels Tenuta Le Mandorlaie into the future.
Tasting Notes: A Sensory Journey
The Tenuta Le Mandorlaie Italian Red Wine is a sensory masterpiece, inviting enthusiasts on a journey through the sun-drenched vineyards of Tuscany. The wine opens with an enticing bouquet of ripe red fruits—cherries and plums dance alongside subtle floral undertones, teasing the nose with an elegant fragrance.
On the palate, the wine reveals the depth and complexity acquired through its meticulous aging process. The initial burst of luscious fruit gives way to layers of complexity, with the French oak imparting a gentle spiciness that adds intrigue to every sip. The tannins, refined and well-integrated, provide structure without overpowering the wine’s inherent grace.
As the wine lingers on the palate, a satisfying finish unfolds, leaving a lasting impression of the terroir and craftsmanship that define Tenuta Le Mandorlaie. This red wine is a celebration of tradition and innovation, a true embodiment of the estate’s commitment to producing wines of exceptional quality.
Pairing Recommendations: Culinary Harmony
The Tenuta Le Mandorlaie Italian Red Wine’s versatility extends beyond the glass, making it an ideal companion for a range of culinary experiences. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with food, this wine enhances the dining experience with its depth and balance.
For a classic Tuscan pairing, consider serving this red wine alongside hearty dishes such as wild boar ragù or a traditional bistecca alla fiorentina. The wine’s vibrant acidity and well-defined structure complement the richness of these dishes, creating a harmonious union on the palate.
Alternatively, explore the wine’s versatility with pairings like aged Pecorino cheese or mushroom risotto. The wine’s intricate flavor profile adds a layer of sophistication to these dishes, showcasing its ability to adapt to a variety of flavor profiles.
A Symphony in a Bottle
Our Tenuta Le Mandorlaie ‘Capricci’ Italian Red Wine ‘IGT Toscana Rosso’ stands as a testament to the estate’s dedication to crafting wines that embody the essence of Tuscany. From the ancient Sangiovese vines to the carefully orchestrated aging process, every element of this wine reflects a commitment to excellence and a passion for winemaking.
As you uncork a bottle of Tenuta Le Mandorlaie’s red wine, you are not just pouring a glass; you are partaking in a sensory journey through the sun-soaked vineyards of Tuscany. With each sip, you experience the culmination of tradition, innovation, and the timeless beauty of Italian winemaking—a symphony in a bottle that captures the heart and soul of this illustrious estate.
Running the Farm estate of Mandorlaie is my full time job, ensuring that the grapevines, olive trees and vegetable garden is all healthy and producing excellent organic products for our clients. We produce Organic extra virgin Olive Oil and Organic wines which you can buy online.