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June 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

In Memoriam: Franco Biondi Santi of Montalcino Dies

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Mitch Frank, Bruce Sanderson

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

DRC’s 2010 Tour de Force

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

South Africa, New Zealand and Washington

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Burgundy’s 2010 Surprise

Challenging weather tested vignerons’ skills, but they delivered the goods with succulent reds

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Affordable White Burgundies

New reviews of Chardonnays from France for $25 or less

Posted: June 7, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Montalcino’s Argiano Has New Owners

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

French Whites, Australian Reds and Italian Finds

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Investment Fund Buys 7,000 Bottles of Biondi-Santi Brunello

Bottled Asset Fund invests $5 million in Italian wines from 1945 to 1975 vintages

Posted: May 29, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Cellar Notes

2011 Burgundy Preview: Charming Red and White Burgundies for Early Enjoyment

An early look at the new Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, with recommendations of 111 top wines from cellar tastings

Posted: May 22, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Rocca di Montegrossi: Making Wine from Stone

San Marcellino vineyard Sangiovese makes for outstanding, mineral-driven Chianti Classico

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi grows Sangiovese from the majority of 49 acres of vineyards surrounding his Rocca di Montegrossi cellar located in Monti, part of the Chianti Classico commune of Gaiole in Tuscany.

The soil here is very rocky, a mix of the friable schist called galestro and the harder albarese, a form of limestone, plus some clay. Sangiovese from this area possesses a very strong backbone and mineral expression, and is capable of long aging.

The vineyards are farmed organically, based on Ricasoli-Firidolfi's philosophy and personal observations since taking control of the estate in 1990. "The more careful you are with nature—organic farming, for example—the more nature responds," he said. "It's not scientifically proven, but my opinion."

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