Podere Le Boncie 2018 Cinque IGT Toscana Italy

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“Il Cinque”: is the little brother/sister of “Le Trame” from Podere Le Boncie.  Originally this wine was sold only at the winery and was essentially created from fruit of vines younger and/or less well-positioned. Recently, Giovanna Morganti acquired access to a vineyard 3 kilometers up the road from their house in San Felice, a hamlet of Castelnuovo Berardenga but just outside the Chianti Classico zone. This new parcel is 1.3 hectares with very rocky limestone soils facing south-southwest in a windy area that is good for the health of the vines—Sangiovese with two rows of Canaiolo. (Her 3-1/2 hectares in the Chianti Classico zone are planted to Sangiovese with a bit of Mammalo, Colorino and Fogliatonda—first vintage bottled was 1990.)  With this additional fruit, the “Il Cinque” has taken on a more serious tone and, starting with the 2012 vintage, we have purchased a substantial portion of the production.

The wine’s name “Cinque” recognizes the original composition of the wine, namely five grape types classic to the production of the finest Chianti Classico: principally Sangiovese with Colorino, Mammolo, Fogliatonda and Ciliegiolo completing the quintet. Recently, the wine is no longer composed strictly of the 5 grapes anymore, but Giovanna says the name also refers to the relative precociousness of the wine, thus a wine to “keep at hand” [5 fingers]. She also notes that grape vines have five leaves and flowers per bunch, that their house address is number 5, and that in Italian school you are graded one to ten, with five not quite passing, a bit of ironic understatement and a wink-of-the-eye modesty in reference to a wine that has assumed a rather majestic place amongst the elite wines of Tuscany. Cinque is perhaps less formidably structured than the Le Trame but it is no less noble, carrying its mantle of the particular terroir borne of the hills surrounding Castelnuovo Berardenga, wines of vigor and cut that chant the song of Sangiovese.. All parts of a good story to justify this quirky name of “5” or “Cinque”.

The Cinque is fermented in steel and then spends one year in wood vats of varying sizes (5 to 30 hectoliters). It is then assembled in tank, left to rest for a bit, and finally bottled without fining or filtration.

At a Glance:

  • Appellation: IGT Toscana
  • Uvaggio: Saniovese (95%), Colorino (5%)
  • Average Annual Production:
  • Average Alcohol by Volume: 13%
  • Average Residual Sugar: < 5 g/l
  • Average Total Acidity: c. 5 g/l 

In The Vineyard:

  • Parcel Names, Slopes, and Locations: From 1.3 ha of gently sloped, southwest-facing vines in the Chiese Monte vineyard, just outside the limits of Castelnuovo Baradenga
  • Soil Types and Compositions: Alberese (Limestone-clay)
  • Vine Age, Training, and Density: Trained in Albarello and planted at 7,000 vines/ha in the late 1980's
  • Average Yields: High planting density in Guyot naturally controls yields, which are further reduced by pruning and debudding.
  • Average Harvest Date and Type: Manual, usually in mid-Oc- tober

In The Cellar:

  • Fermentation: After total destemming, wine ferments spontaneously in stainless-steel tanks
  • Pressing: Pneumatic pressing
  • Time on Lees: Wine remains on its fine lees until assemblage prior to bottling.
  • Malolactic Fermentation: Spontaneous, following alcoholic fermentation
  • Élevage:12 months in c. 5-30 hl Slavonian and Austrian oak botti.
  • Press Wine: Blended after malolactic
  • Fining and Filtration: Unfined and unfiltered
  • Sulfur: Applied at bottling, with c. 40 mg/l total sulfur

In The Glass:

Although this wine is no longer composed of the 5 grapes that gave it its name, Giovanna notes that grape vines have five leaves and flowers per bunch, that their house address is number 5, and that in Italian school you are graded one to ten, with five not quite passing—a bit of ironic understatement in reference to one of the élite wines of Tuscany. Il Cinque is perhaps less formidably structured than the Le Trame but it is no less noble, carrying its mantle of the particular terroir borne of the hills surrounding Castelnuovo Berardenga, wines of vigor and cut that chant the song of Sangiovese.

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