The name of this wine comes from the passo found in the circular forest at the highest point of the Montebello vineyard where an Estruscan tomb was uncovered only a few years ago. From here there is a clear view of Montepulciano, Montalcino, and the tower of Piazza del Campo in Siena. This has clearly been a magical place for centuries, which adds to the mystique of this passo. Grapes are first selected during harvest in the vineyard and then on the sorting table when they arrive at the winery; they are destemmed and the whole berries are immediately put into stainless steel fermentation tanks and a portion into French oak fermenters. The wine spends 6 months on the lees in French oak fermenting tanks and in French oak barriques (20 percent new and 80 percent used one year) and then 8 months in barriques (20 percent new).
Grape varieties: Equal parts Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Altitude: 320m ASL
Vineyard age: 20-year-old vines
Soil: Lime and clay, with a considerable presence of gravel
Tasting Notes: Spicy notes of oak rise above distinct aromas of cherry and berry. The palate has a backbone of Sangiovese, a roundness of Merlot and enhanced body from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit purity and varietal signatures are a testament to the meticulous care given to the vines.
95 Points, James Suckling
93 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
92 Points, Wine Spectator