Fanetti-Tenuta Sant’Agnese | Estate winery in the Montepulciano region of Tuscany. The main wines are Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOC, and Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC. In 2019 sales were evenly split between the domestic market (locally and Italy in general) and export (mainly Japan and USA). In 2013 annual production was 50,000 bottles with USA as the main market (Colorado and California).

Background: Adamo Fanetti revived the estate in the 1920s, it having fallen on hard times in the 19th-century. The estate is currently run by Elisabetta Fanetti. In 2019 there was no winemaking consultant.

Vineyards: 2019 116 hectares of land in the Sasso, Bossona, Cervognano and Sanguineto regions, in the southern sector of the Montepulciano zone, what the owners describe as being in the heart of the Montepulciano production area between Madonna della Querce, Cervognano, and Località La Ciarliana. The soils are generally Pliocene clays. In 2019 there were 12ha of olives, 50ha of sowable field crops, 4ha of woodland, and 18.8 hectares of vines of which 10.7ha of Vino Nobile, 3.5ha of Rosso di Montepulciano and 0.7ha of Vin Santo. Mainly guyot, plus some cordon. At some stage 4ha had been acquired from Avignonesi, of which 1ha was vines, and 3ha were arable land.

Winery: The company has an underground cellar. Reinforced concrete tanks. The cellar walls contain marine fossils dating to the Pliocene era.

Red wines

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Fanetti2002 Tank sample. Sweet and sour with very dry tannin and VA (Consorzio 2005). | 2007 Dense old vine fruit, really distinctive but aged in botti which have given the wine its old wood/sherry nose (Anteprima, 2014). | 2011 Sangiovese 80%, Canaiolo 15%, Mammolo 5%. Dense old vine fruit again but the old wood is just starting to spoil this (Anteprima, 2014). | 2015 80% Sangiovese (‘Prugnolo gentile’), 15% Canaiolo, 5% Mammolo. Funky nose, bretty, drying out (Anteprima 2018). | 2016 Prugnolo Gentile and Canaiolo. 24m in botti. 14% alc. The fruit is too feeble a match for the over-present tannins (Anteprima, 2019).

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva: 2013 Acetic, drying out (Anteprima 2018). | 2014 Decent flavour but with slightly drying tannins lacking finesse (Anteprima, 2019).

Sweet wines

Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC

Contact

Fanetti-Tenuta Sant’Agnese

Viale Calamandrei, 29 | I-53045 Montepulciano (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 0578.757897 | www.tenutasantagnese.com