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The blend consists of over 90% Sangiovese and about 10% Canaiolo. Vinification kicks off with a slow spontaneous fermentation on its own yeasts in cement tanks and it is aged in a combination of in steel and concrete vats before it is bottled unfiltered.
“Primo Fuoco” is a term used by potters to describe a clay's first firing that leads to terra cotta (with a second and a third firing you get different types of ceramic). The 2014 Primo Fuoco was the first vintage produced and was entirely Merlot while the 2015 is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot is sourced from a single vineyard that is highest in elevation of the estate's and one of the oldest with the average vine age being 40 years.
As with the Chianti, fermentation kicks off naturally and indigenously. The wine is matured in a large (500 liter) terracotta amphora, hand-made from local red clay, for around eight months before being bottled. Average annual production is around 600 bottles.
Primo Fuoco Bianco
The Primo Fuoco Bianco is made from a selection of the best Trebbiano of the vintage. The wine is fermented in the same kind of terracotta amphora as the red Primo Fuoco. After a three month maceration on the skins, the wine is racked and put back into the amphora for another six months. Average annual production is approximately 1,200 bottles.