Overview of the Wine
Podere le Ripi is certified Organic and Biodynamic, having obtained Demeter certification. Demeter is the body that certifies and protects the integrity of Biodynamic agriculture and the products that result, both for consumers and for farmers. At Podere Le Ripi we started with biodynamic farming in 2012.
When I look at a wild forest, I can feel its incredible healthiness, I can smell marvelous aromas, I can walk on its soft soil; I realize that the absence of human intervention is the best way for these plants to express their own character. Biodynamics brings this wildlife power to our vines, a healthy strength.
What is wonderful about Biodynamics is that the studies made with these techniques have developed procedures, like the 500 or 501 preparations and the use of specific insects or hormones, that allow us to control diseases and parasites, quickly ameliorating the health of soil and plants.
Our vineyards are divided between two different sides of Montalcino: East and West. Each side of the hill holds completely different soil characteristics. That’s why we believed from the start in a research path that aims to offer wines that are pure, both in terms of vintage and geological area. Here the density of the vineyards varies between 5000 plants per hectare to 11100 vines per hectare, all the way to 62000 vines for the Bonsai vineyard. Mostly planted following ancient training methods such as goblet and guyot. The vineyards are constantly subjected to a natural breeze coming from the Orcia river and they are fairly well protected by the Amiata Mountain (1.738 masl) which allows Castelnuovo to be the driest subzone of Montalcino. Here we are able to express all the intensity of the best sangiovese with perfect mineral balance, which is the unmistakable character of these areas. The wines Bonsai, Lupi e Sirene and Amore e Magia are the main protagonists of this land.
Grape / Blend
Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
A deep ruby red with elegant orange shadows. In the nose it express itself as a symphony of aromas going from the intense smell of cherry, strawberry to the fresh balsamic note of herbs. An impressive, broad structure with smooth tannins, revealing a great minerality and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Serve with fish or elegant dishes. Serving temperature from 16° to 18°C
Review by Ian Blackburn - 97 Points
Traveling the wine world, you find a few special projects like this; and you want to be a part of it. 60,000 vines per hectare! I stood on this amazing biodynamic hillside with goats and chickens -hovering above plants literally the size of Bonsai... absolutely mind blowing project and the resulting wine is stunning. Blood orange and cranberry, wild herbs and spices. High spirited and exuberant if not insubordinate - you will love this thrilling rule breaker. Nose is so focused and linear - it brings you into the wine and you hit this pool of texture and information that saturates your senses. The minerality and acidity define this wine and provide a 30+ second finish. Leaves you smiling knowing how special this biodynamic effort is. Color 14.5/15, Aroma 24/25, Body 24/25, Overall 34.5/35 = 97 points - Better after 2026
Product size: 750ml