Stella di Campalto - Brunello di Montalcino 'Cielo' 2018 (Magnum)
The San Giuseppe winery, not far from the ninth-century abbey of Sant’Antimo, was established in 1910 yet abandoned in the 1940s. Her family purchased the property in the early 1990s. Yet it wasn’t until her aunt encouraged her to explore this bucolic southeastern corner of Montalcino, with its forests and ancient olive groves, that Stella realized how much her staid life in Milan was taking away from her and her children. Once at San Giuseppe, she was more than captivated—she realized she had come home. Seeking the help of local winemakers and friends, she planted the estate to only Sangiovese vines and from the start, insisted on organic/biodynamic agriculture. Her convictions and her practice are all born from diligent observation and a guiding respect for the land and vine.
Today Stella di Campalto is one of Brunello di Montalcino’s most sought-after producers, and certainly one of its most respected artisans. She has achieved this through her natural, non-interventionist approach and almost magic ability to guide the soul of her vines into each bottle.
Vineyards are farmed biodynamically using only manure and silice with no irrigation. Grapes are hand-picked in small crates, de-stemmed, and transferred into the 30 quintal wooden vats. Nothing is added before, during, or after the arrival of the bunch, except sulphur dioxide in minimum doses.
Fermentation on natural yeast in wooden vats of different sizes: 20,35, and 40 HL. Aged for 43 months in tonneaux and casks ranging from 15 to 17 hectoliters, then aged in bottle for 32 months.
Producer: Stella di Campalto
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino
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