Among Tuscany’s oldest vineyards, Impero Vineyard (meaning “Empire’s Vineyard”) was planted in 1935 by His Royal Highness the Count of Turin, Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy. Terraces hammered out of marly limestone on a steep slope in the middle of the estate make up this famed vineyard. The soil is a mix of clay and gravel, rich in marl and rock, that gives a spectacular minerality to the Sangiovese grapes grown here. The approximately 7 acres of vineyards are situated at an altitude of 919 – 984 feet with excellent sun exposure and beneficial breezes. Diurnal temperature variation helps to develop the finest aromas, elegant and complex. To highlight this very special terroir, vinification begins with a very soft and long maceration (one month) to extract the polyphenols that give greater tannins and anthocyanins. To soften the tannins, but without being too invasive and without changing the original perfumes, the wine is aged in large barrels for 24 months and in bottle for several months. The wine is not filtered, to preserve all typical varietal notes and characteristics of Sangiovese.

91 Points
Wine Advocate
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The rainy and quite mild winter facilitated the winter operations of pruning the vineyards. Spring arrived at the end of March, with warm temperatures, mitigated by late winter days. The vineyards had a uniform budding, in tune with the season, showing a rich and interesting production. The Tuscan summer, hot and breezy, was interspersed with some rain, very useful for the vineyards, which enjoyed the balance hitherto manifested. September accompanied the ripening of the grapes to the harvest with an excellent result. Sangiovese has best expressed elegance and finesse elevating the quality and finesse of the wine thanks to a great vintage.
Tasting Note
Intense aromas of leather and tobacco, along with notes of wildflowers such as Violet and fresh fruit like blackcurrant, strawberry, cherry, raspberry and blueberry. The tannins in the mouth are present but silky and velvety. Power and roundness complete a savory, mineral and endless finish.
Food Pairing
Roasted meats, game and aged cheeses.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Sangiovese
APPELLATION: Valdarno di Sopra DOC
PH: 3.44
ACIDITY: 5.85 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 24 months in big barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • Planted in 1935, Impero is one of Tuscany’s oldest, most prestigious vineyards
  • Terroir and crafting produce the finest expression of this 100% Sangiovese

About the Grape

Sangiovese has aromas of black cherries with alluring wood, smoke, tar and herbal notes. The best wines made from this grape have incredible complexity, depth, finesse and power.
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