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Il Salvataggio

Certified organic and practicing biodynamic. Hand harvest into small plastic bins. Foot crushing of whole berries. Spontaneous fermentation of free run juice only, in a mix of cement vats and stainless steel for approximately 20 days. Daily gentle pump overs to wet the cap, encourage moderate extraction and to reduce the temperature. After MLF completes, the wine is racked into stainless steel. At this point, the first SO2 addition is made to prevent bacterial spoilage. The wine remains in tank for 2 years where it stabilizes naturally. SO2 is added prior to bottling without filtration or stabilization.

Michele Guarino and Benedetta Lenzini farm 13 ha of vines in the Colline Luccesi, organically and biodynamically. The property was established in the 16th Century. Napolean Bonaparte’s sister, Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, planted vines on this very site in 1800, specifically, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Michele and Benedetta work tirelessly to produce expressive wines where human intervention is as non-existent as possible. Both aspire to maintain a lifestyle that respects the planet and maintains vitality in their soil. For them, it is spiritual—what they refer to as ‘emotional oenology’. Il Salvataggio means the “Rescue” and is a tribute to Michele and Benedetta’s passion for animals. They have seven rescue dogs. 3% of all profits for this wine are donated to Best Friend’s Animal Hospital annually.

Winemaker: Michele Guarino and Benedetta Lenzini
Country: Italy
Region: Lucca
Type: Red
Variety: Merlot
Farming: Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted 1993
Production: 30,000 bottles
Soil: Sand, silt, clay