Riccardo and Jennifer Campinoti started Le Ragnaie with a focus to bottle site specific Rosso and Brunello. They own 42 acres total with vine ages ranging 17-45 years, some vineyards pushing above the 1960-foot elevation mandate for DOCG bottlings. That higher elevation area is famous for bird catchers, although the nets look more like spider webs (ragna in Italian) hence their project’s name and logo. This Rosso comes from a block on steep hillsides called ‘La Cava’, located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, with Mastrojanni’s Vigna Schiena d’Asino on one side and Poggio di Sotto on the other. Their Sangiovese vines are certified organic, of which all grapes are hand harvested. The juice for the Rosso undergoes a long cool fermentation of 40 days and is then racked into large Slavonian botti for 24 months of aging on the lees. In warmer vintages the grapes are harvested at this plot in September, but in 2014 it was viewed as more of a classic vintage, with harvest in October, allowing longer hang time for the clusters. If you are looking for the perfect Montalcino vacation, they have a farmhouse on the property available for rent and they make their own olive oil. Pair with pasta night, pizza, minestrone soup, and hard dried cheeses.