Michele Manelli produced excellent Vino Nobile wines from two consecutive—and completely different—vintages. Manelli has been a leader in sustainability initiatives since 1997, and all of his wines come in lightweight bottles to minimize carbon emissions. A long, even ripening season in 2016 gave this bright, energetic wine. It’s an explosion of juicy cherry and berry fruit brimming with tangy acidity and highlighted by notes of licorice and menthol. Highly appealing right out of the gate, this has a firm structure that will allow it to age gracefully.
The hot, dry summer of 2017 was a challenging one for vintners, yet this wine shows impressive freshness and acidity, the vines benefiting from water retained by Salcheto’s clay soils. The red-cherry flavors are fleshy and ripe, tinged with notes of orange peel and cinched by taut, chalky tannins.
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This story appears in the print issue of April 2021.
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