The bouquets and the vistas of Mocenni
had the good fortune to be born into a well-off farming family. This family provided me with both moral values and tangible assets, including historic buildings and terrains ideallysuited for vineyards. I have been able to spend my life serenely, with the very welcome duty of observing and passing on the moral values, maintaining and improving
From left to right: Alessandra Casini Bindi Sergardi, director general; Nicolò Casini, owner
Mocenni deserves a special project dedicated to her alone the buildings, and permitting the terrains to express all of their potential. I spent my youth at Mocenni, and I love that house and that land with great intensity. I have dreamt that this difficult but generous land, harsh but unique, could give life to a product which would express its true spirit. Mocenni deserves a special project dedicated to her alone, one that no one has ever explored before. Mocenni must reveal to the world her merits and her value as testimony of my affection and devotion. I turned to my trusted team of collaborators, and together we singled out a vineyard which the State identifies as Lots n° 89 and n° 91.
Lovely, solid, well exposed and blessed with an enchanting view of Siena’s towers and cupolas, the vineyard became the site where we would plant two root stocks which would express, each in its own diverse, exemplary and unique way, the terrain and the territory of Mocenni: Sangiovese in Lot n° 89 and Cabernet Sauvignon in Lot n° 91. We processed the two grapes separately, anxiously awaiting the results. Triumph! Right from the start these fraternal twins have expressed beauty, joy and excitingly hearty taste. Each retains its own very evident personality. While each is part of the same family, as can be fully appreciated, each is also unmistakably
its own self. On the one hand, there is the fruitiness of the Sangiovese with its soft and captivating tannins. On the other hand, the Cabernet has a crafty rotundity and intense color. In common, as in a dream, is the profundity, the bouquets and the vistas of Mocenni.
Revolution and Renaissance The Renaissance of Italian wines began in Tuscany in the 1980s and spread throughout Italy in the 1990s . At first this was a true revolution, above all a psychological one, which attacked the principle of the authority held by the DOC system and forced profound reforms within that system. If the objective of the producers with ambition is to obtain the best quality possible in a given ecosystem, and if the rusty system of traditional DOC regulations prevents that objective, well then, do without! Eliminate white grapes from our red wine, replace that Sangiovese, poorly chosen or planted or grown, with other root stock, both local and foreign. Hail the Super Tuscans! In the picture: Mocenni
Sangiovese: a great rootstock worldwide An increasingly large number of producers passionate about their territory, while appreciating the new life and improved quality given by the introduction of rootstock extraneous to the Chianti tradition, began to question its long-term validity. Their feeling was that the Chianti region would lose its identity by continuing to produce wines not representative of the region. They found that the true future of the region would be best served by developing an improved clone of Sangiovese, the Chianti rootstock which has always been the base of all Chianti wines, by creating a Sangiovese worthy of entrance in the
Great Book of the very best grape cultivars. Over the past 15 years, an enormous combination of personal talent and energy, of agronomical research and of investments, both in the land and in wine cellars, have joined forces to reach this objective in the Chianti Classico area. The results are evident. More and more wines whose substance and character depend on Sangiovese are being produced. The technical professionals most involved and most up-to-date tell us that this undertaking to qualify Sangiovese is giving, each year, a boost in quality and that there are still far greater results ahead.
Project Mocenni: the new territorial challenge Now that the first problem, that of the personality of the wine or its ampelographic component, is well on the way to resolution, attention today is turning to the other essential element: the territory. In other words, we in Chianti now know what we must do to obtain an excellent Sangiovese. The new challenge is to have the Sangiovese interpret in the most faithful way possible the characteristics of the territory and the microclimate of the zone. Project Mocenni, developed in the Bindi Sergardi holdings in the Siena area, where the family has been producing good wine and olive oil for over 600 years, plans to offer a significant contribution to this undertaking. Two great grape cultivars, Chianti Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, have been placed in juxtaposition and contraposition. They are grown at Mocenni on an identical terrain with a natural predisposition to be a vineyard, then made into wine in purity, each grape cultivar on its own. From Lots number 89 and 91 two splendid solo voices resonate for you with their distinct timbres, characteristics and tonalities of the same area, a zone with a high natural quality.
Mocenni Macigno del Chianti Formazione Monte Morello
Geological Aspects of Mocenni The vineyards at Mocenni resemble an ample amphitheatre, almost entirely surrounded by woods, facing the Southeast, the South and the Southwest. Here we are in correspondence with the rise of the Formazione of Monte Morello and of the Macigno del Chianti, the most characteristic terrains of the Chianti area, the terrains which produce wines of the highest quality. Macigno del Chianti Formazione Monte Morello
The Formazione of Monte Morello is preponderant and is formed principally by marl limestone which is locally called “alberese” thanks to the characteristic presence of branched minerals similar to small trees (tree =
albero). Lots n° 89 and n° 91 present soil which is well-drained: on the surface there is an abundant quantity of fragments of the various lithic components of the above-described Formazione; these are immersed in a brown-
ish matrix born of the alteration of those components. This stone matrix is the principal source of the salinity which unites the Cabernet Sauvignon to the Sangiovese, two diverse wines united by territorial strength.
Location: Vigna Mocenni, foglio 3, particella 89, Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI) GPS coordinates: 43°25’ N, 11°19’ E Altitude: 430 m Exposure: South Inclination: 18% Soil: prevalence of alberese and galestro Average yearly rainfall: 700 mm GDD (Growing Degree Days): 1900-2200 Root stock: 420 A Clone: F9 Training System: spur cordon Vineyard density: 5.000 vines per hectare
Mocenni 89 Appellation: Toscana IGT Rosso Vine: Sangiovese
Vinification and aging: fermentation in stainless steel vats; maceration for circa 20 days at a controlled temperature of 28-30°C. Shortly after alcoholic fermentation the wine is transferred into barriques of French or Hungarian oak (second usage) where malolactic fermentation takes place and where it is subsequently aged for 24 months. Once bottled, the wine remains for a further year stored on the estate for refinement prior to release. Colour: intense ruby red Tasting notes: incense and citrus marmalade. The tannin weave is very refined and balanced. The acid note, typical of Sangiovese, confers a particular length and vivacity to the taste, bringing forth a marked aftertaste of liquorice and caramel. This wine in its own unique and unmistakable manner - like the Cabernet Sauvignon in 91 - expresses the characteristic salinity of the terrain. Serving suggestions: traditional accompaniments are red meat (both fresh and salted), game, and mature cheeses. Serving temperature: 18°C. Open and decant at least 1 hour ahead of time. Production ≈ 1000 bottles 750ml and ≈ 120 Magnum
Location: Vigna Mocenni, foglio 3, particella 91, Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI) GPS coordinates: 43°25’ N, 11°19’ E Altitude: 430 m Exposure: South, Southeast Inclination: 25% Soil: prevalence of alberese and galestro Average yearly rainfall: 700 mm GDD (Growing Degree Days): 1900-2200 Root stock: 3309 C Clone: 337-338 Training System: spur cordon Vineyard density: 5.100 vines per hectare Vinification and aging: fermentation in stainless steel vats; maceration for circa 20 days at a controlled temperature of 28-30°C. Shortly after alcoholic fermentation the wine is transferred into new barriques of French oak where malolactic fermentation takes place and where it is subsequently aged for 24 months. Once bottled, the wine remains for a further year stored on the estate for refinement prior to release. Colour: intense ruby red Tasting notes: coffee, hazelnut, incense, liquorice. An impressive tannin structure, suitable for prolonged aging. Remains in the mouth at length thanks to a proper acidic component, well balanced with the tannin. This wine, in its own unique and unmistakable manner – like the Sangiovese in 89 – expresses the characteristic salinity of the terrain. Serving suggestions: traditional accompaniments are red meat (both fresh and salted), game, and mature cheeses. Serving temperature: 18°C. Open and decant at least 1 hour ahead of time. Production ≈ 1000 bottles 750ml and ≈ 120 Magnum
Mocenni 91 Appellation: Toscana IGT Rosso Vine: Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine best represents Bindi Sergardi and the Chianti Classico territory
CHIANTI COLLI SENESI
Our fresh, fruity and modern wine respects its territorial origins and tradition
CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA
A refined and complex synthesis of our best grape clusters
We are proud of this blend of Merlot and Cabernet, and of our Chianti imprint on these international vines
The historical presence of green grapes in our vineyards gives us this fresh and fruity white wine
OLIO EXTRAVERGINE DI OLIVA PIETRO BONCI CASUCCINI
In our opinion, the local olive tree has defied Nature and Nature has returned that challenge. We preserve this olive oil with care and pride
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Published on Jul 2, 2013
Project Mocenni, developed in the ancient Bindi Sergardi lands, was created to offer a significant contribution to research. Two great wine...