Contact: The company is managed solely by Simone Nannetti and his wife. He created Cava d’Onice in 2005 whilst working for Costanti. Simone started working in the vines aged 14. He followed the example of his father, who was for many years the cellar master in a large winery in Montalcino (Fattoria dei Barbi, I think).
Staff: Consultant oenologist: Antonio Mori. Agronomist: Massimo Achilli.
Vineyards: At Benvenuto Brunello 2015 Simone said he had 3ha. He started by renting vines which he subsequently bought. Simone’s father Valter had 0.5ha of land at Podere Colombaio (near the Costanti winery). Simone has 8 plots in total: 2 in Torrenieri, one near Il Greppo, plus others in ? and Castelnuovo dell’Abate [near the onynx mine which gives the estate its name].
Organic certification: 2018 First vintage with full organic certification.
Rosato: 100% Sangiovese. Bled.
Micolore Rosso: L4/18. 13.5%. Bright fruit with smooth texture, round and well textured (April 2020).
Rosso di Montalcino DOC, Cava d’Onice: 2011 Light and more traditional than the 2012, simple and light (Anteprima 2014). | 2012 2,500 bottles. Ripe dark red fruit, clear style, hint of a warm extended maceration finish (Anteprima 2014). | 2013 5 months in botti. Nice plump red fruit (Anteprima 2015). | 2018 4,000 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Cava d’Onice : From 1ha of Sangiovese. 350m. Hill site exposed to all four points of the compass. Medium textured soils, rich in clay and calcium. Aged in French and Slavonian oak. Polished red fruit with integrated supporting oak, tangy and with plenty of underlying depth, opened out nicely over two days (Dec 2020). | 2008 Bit stretched and simple (Anteprima 2014). | 2009 4,500 bottles. | 2010 Nice fruit, soft, clear and well made (Anteprima 2015). | 2010 Fermented in concrete tanks, 15-20 open barrels (with the head removed), and steel, then blended. | 2015 12,500 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Colombaio: 1ha of Sangiovese. 300m. Hill site exposed to all four points of the compass. Medium textured soils, rich in clay and calcium. Aged in French and Slavonian oak. | 2015 2,300 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, Cava d’Onice: From 1ha of Sangiovese. 350m. Hill site exposed to all four points of the compass. Medium textured soils, rich in clay and calcium. Aged in French and Slavonian oak.
Other products: Grappa di di Montalcino
Società Agricola Cava d’Onice
Podere Colombaio, 105
I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy | Website www.cavadonice.it