The estate of Giacomo Marengo is located on the hills between Arezzo and Siena in Tuscany, and has 149 acres under cultivation. The Le Tornaie vineyard lies high on the hillside near an ancient Etruscan furnace about 1,500 feet above sea leve. Because of the altitude, the young buds are prone to suffer early spring frosts, thereby limiting ultimate grape production (but improving the quality of the wine!).

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(Two Stars) Very Good - Distinctive
"This very dry, intensely earthy and tannic wine has lots of rustic charm; it will taste even better with meat." Food&Wine's Wine Guide 2007

One bicchiere - Gambero Rosso, Italian Wines 2004


Region: Tuscany
Classification: Chianti DOCG
Area of Production: Le Tornaie, Palazzuolo (Monte San Savino AR)
Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
Soil: Marl
Average Age of Vines: 12 years
Trellising System: Guyot
Production per Acre: 2.23 tons
Vinification Technique: Made with a maceration of 7-8 days at controlled temperature.
Maturation: Refinement and aging in medium sized Slovanian oak casts for 1 year.
Total Acidity:  5.3 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.1 g/l
PH: 3.65
Alcohol: 13%
Total Cases Produced: 3,330



Giacomo Marengo "Stroncoli"


The Stroncoli vineyards are located on land that surrounds an ancient  Etruscan villa with a view of the beautiful Senesi lime cliffs. The production of this wine was reduced by a late spring frost but with a dry summer and fresh September, the grapes matured well. The result:  big, rich, full aromas and flavors of dark red berry fruit, backed by suggestions of chocolate, tar and vanilla.  Solid in structure yet soft around the edges, it is deep, complex and truly satisfying.

86 - "Fascinating aromas of cherries and currants, with hints of toasted oak. Medium to full-bodied, with firm tannins, medium finish. A bit austere and dry.  Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2003. 800 cases made." Wine Spectator November 15, 2001
One bicchiere -
Gambero Rosso - Italian Wines 2003
Region: Tuscany
Classification: Toscana IGT
Area of Production: Stoncoli
Grape Varieties: 80% Cabernet, 20% Sangiovese
Soil: Marl
Average Age of Vines: 30 years
Trellising System: Guyot
Production per Acre: 375 gallons
Vinification Technique: Fermented in temperature controlled tanks on the skins for 15 to 20 days; must is pressed down by hand and machine; wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in tanks of cement for the Sangiovese and small oak barrels for the Cabernet.
Maturation: Aged in French oak for 2 years
Total Acidity: 5.83 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.1 g/l
PH: 3.62
Alcohol: 13.20%
Total Cases Produced: 415

91  - "The 1997 Stoncoli (is) a proprietary blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Sangiovese. A sensational nose of cedar, melted licorice, black currants, and vanilla jump from the glass of this full-bodied, intense, complete wine. Pure, nicely layered, and exceptionally rich, with no hard edges, it should drink well for 10-12 years, perhaps longer." Robert Parker 12/31/02

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