Dark ruby in the glass with an intense aroma of freshly ground pepper and ripe blackberry; tones of flint, dark tobacco, myrtle, graphite and rosewood. On tasting – a warm, robust structure thanks to the alliance of tannins and alcohol, then slowly releasing notes of chocolate.
Falconaio Mate Syrah
The Máté family wine estate nestles on two private hills in the temperate, seaward zone of Montalcino. A Roman vineyard 2,000 years ago, the seven campi of marvelously varied terroir lie between 300 and 400 meters above sea level. Totaling 7 hectares (15 acres) among Mediterranean woods of herbs and wild fruit, they were designed by Fabrizio Moltard, agron-omist to Angelo Gaja. The clones, chosen for each field by France’s Pierre Guillaume, com-prise: Sangiovese (in fossil-filled tufo), Merlot (in sandy clay), Cabernet Sauvignon (in marl), and Syrah (on mineral-rich, southern terraces).