Locale: Poggio a Caiano
In a few words: The flagship wine of the estate; this is a wine for your cellar. One of the great wines of Italy.
Site: The Piaggia vineyard; about 3 hectares and the original vineyard of the estate, planted in the early 70s. In addition, the best parcels of Il Sasso and Poggio de'Colli are included in Piaggia.
Grapes: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot. Hand picked in small containers.
Fermentation and Aging: Like all the red wines produced at Piaggia, fermentation with the natural yeast to preserve the vineyard's terroir, in this case for from 18 up to 25-28 days, depending on vintage conditions. Racked to French barriques for the ML fermentation and aging, with a couple of rackings over a period of 18-24 months of total aging in barrel. Portion of new wood is at most 10%. After bottling, at least 6 months of rest in the bottle before release.
Notes: Production about 30K bottles. Piaggia Riserva belongs in any serious Italian wine collector's cellar.