Percarlo is made from 100% estate grown Sangiovese grapes, especially selected bunch per bunch, from the best zones of our vineyards, which have a low yield of 1 Kg grapes per vine.
The grapes are usually allowed to mature beyond the normal degree of ripeness.
Fermentation and maceration take place in enameled cement vats and last up to 35 days. The yeasts produced are natural.
Percarlo is aged in French oak barriques for 20-22 months, bottled unfiltered and held in bottle for another 18 months before being released. The grapes which go into the making of Percarlo are selected, bunch per bunch, from vineyards whose soil dates predominately to the Pliocene epoch.
It is composed of layers of sand and stones which lie 2 to 5 meters deep and rest on beds of clay.
The vineyards are situated at an average altitude of 270 meters above sea level.
Notwithstanding the variations from year to year which occur in every wine faithful to its terroir, each vintage of Percarlo possesses constant characteristics which give it a precise, recognizeable identity.
There's a lashing of toast and vanilla from the oak, but the prevailing aroma and flavor is pure, ripe raspberry. Supple and elegant, with enough fruit to handle the oak and dusty tannins. Fine length. Best from 2014 through 2022. 1,500 cases made.
The 2008 Percarlo is very young. Dark cherries, smoke, tobacco, incense and licorice burst from the glass in this powerful, virile wine. The 2008 Percarlo is surprisingly big for the vintage, but it also shows some rough edges that will require bottle age to soften. Still, I am impressed with the sheer depth of the fruit and the wine’s overall length. Percarlo has a way of developing beautifully in bottle, and I have little doubt that will be the case here as well, given the way the wine comes together after a few hours of air. Though not inexpensive, Percarlo is without question one of the very finest wines in the world in its price range. I followed an open bottle for three days, during which the wine never lost one bit of its intensity. This is a fabulous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028.
San Giusto a Rentennano is one of Italy’s leading estates. Brothers Luca and Francesco Martini di Cigala are quiet and unassuming. They prefer to let the wines speak for themselves, which they do with great eloquence. Readers might want to check out my complete vertical of San Giusto’s flagship Percarlo, also in Issue 201. From top to bottom, these remain some of the most reasonably priced wines in the world considering the pure quality of what goes into the bottle.
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