Tenuta Santo Pietro Viper – Super Tuscan I.G.T.

Viper is a Sangiovese based “supertuscan”. The exact percentages of each grape vary every vintage in order to make the best possible selection.

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Description

Viper is a Sangiovese based “supertuscan”. The exact percentages of each grape vary every vintage in order to make the best possible selection. However, typically, this wine is made from about 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, and 5% Syrah and it is aged in a combination of large Slavonian oak barrels and French barriques for at least 12 months.

It has an intense red color with a fruity fragrance. Extremely elegant and delicate with an excellent structure, yet very smooth. Its balance brings out the florality and spices. The emphasis is of fresh red fruit complemented by the spiciness and pleasantly pronounced tannins that give it roundness and harmony.

It’s the ideal combination with Tuscan cuisine such as mushroom soup, handmade pastas with meat sauces, grilled or roasted meat, liver pate, and aged cheese.

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Specifications

GRAPES
85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Syrah
ALCOHOL CONTENT
14% vol.
VINIFICATION
In cement vats (20-50HL) fermentation occurs under controlled temperature with pumpover, pigeage and delestage. Macerated for a minimum of 15 clays
AGING
Minimum 12 months in large Slavonian oak casks and in French barriques

The Producer

Located between Pienza and Montepulciano on the Strada del Chianti (dei Colli Senesi), Tenuta Santo Pietro’s 72-acre estate was part of a larger farm system laid out by Pope Pius II in the mid-1400s. Today it is a self-sufficient gentleman’s farm with twelve acres of vineyards and twelve acres of olive trees. We purchased the property in 2006 and undertook extensive renovations of the villa and the vineyards.

Our vineyards now include 12 acres of old and new growth vines of Sangiovese, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah grapes. We produce approximately 1,800 cases of wine per year. We pride ourselves on the small production of the highest quality wine we can make on-site in our newly completed winery.

We currently produce six wines from our vineyards: Pio II, a lively, classic Chianti DOCG (WS 87), Viper, a richly-blended Super Tuscan (WS 88), Perceptum, and IGT of international varietals (WS 89), Letizia, a light, crisp rose made of 100% Sangiovese and 23.10, a special vintner’s blend.  All our wines go well with just about everything there is to eat in this area – cheeses, meats, pastas, and vegetables. 

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Awards

Wine Enthusiast 88 – 2010