NEARCO SANT'ANTIMO DOC
65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah
As one of the original estates of Montalcino and now the largest certified organic vineyard in Tuscany, Col d’Orcia is a leader in Brunello di Montalcino helping to define and promote one of Italy’s most prestigious wines. Tradition, integrity, and sustainability are the pillars of the estate, whose classic style wines are marked by balance and elegance.
Nearco is a demonstration of the power, quality and singularity of the Montalcino terroir when planted with international varieties. This Bordeaux blend benefits from the Mediterranean climate of the region, which aids in the structured wines that are also soft and fruity.
The estate’s name translates to “the hill overlooking the Orcia River,” due to its position in between the undulating hills of the Orcia River and Sant’Angelo in Colle. Here, vineyards are comprised of limestone and marl soils. At 1,500 ft a.s.l., the estate is favorably positioned against Mount Amiata, which helps protect against floods and hail. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with limited rainfall coming in from the Tyrrhenian coast, 21 miles away.
The 2017 season saw the coming together of the two main climatic change phenomenon: drought and heat wave. Rain was almost totally absent already from the end of 2016 and temperatures in the summer were rather high. A rainstorm on August 13 and the ensuing lower temperatures at night, allowed the vineyard to ripen the limited production, delivering very healthy grapes with considerable complexity in terms of aromas, elegant tannins and excellent natural acidity.WINEMAKING & AGEING
Grapes are hand-harvested and selected based on perfect ripeness, except for the Syrah, where slight over-ripeness is desired to increase the complexity of the wine. The three grape varieties are fermented separately in shallow stainless-steel tanks, designed to extract tannins and color efficiently but delicately.
Each wine is aged separately for 12 months in French oak barrels. In order to enhance the fruit, the Merlot cultivar is aged in 500L French oak tonneaux. No further racking until the wine was blended. Once blended, th wine undergoes additional bottle refinement. The wine reached its stability during the second winter, when it underwent the seasonal cold temperatures in order to gain natural clarity.TASTING NOTES
Intense ruby red, with brilliant violet hues. The nose is ample and intense with delicate scents of currant, blackberry jam and tomato leaf complemented by hints of toasted aromas from the oak.
Excellent structure, ripe and persistent tannins. The classical toasted notes coming from the barrels lead to a sweet and balanced aftertaste.