FRASCOLE is an organic estate winery overlooking the town of Dicomano in the Sieve vally in the foothills of the Tuscan Apennines, in the northern part of the Chianti region’s most northerly sub-zone, Chianti Rufina DOCG.
OWNER | Enrico Lippi and his wife Elisa.
STAFF | Consulting oenologist: Federico Staderini.
TERROIR | Frascole overlooks the town of Dicomano from an altitude ranging between 350 metres at the Pieve di S. Jacopo up to 470 metres at the Castello del Pozzo, and then continues gently uphill to meet the Apennines.
VINEYARDS | Frascole extends over 100 hectares, and apart from a few hectares on the valley floor the estate occupies the hill of Frascole, growing olives and grapes, around a small complex of houses called Vico and which date back to the Middle Ages. Podere Vico is surrounded by vineyards (about 15 hectares) and olive groves (about 9 hectares) on marly-clay. 450-500 metres (feet). South south-west facing.
WINE GRAPES | Enrico Lippi has strong views on the Colorino di Valdarno (see D’Agata 2014 p51).
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION | 2002 Full organic certification the first time.
TOSCANA BIANCO DOC, IN ALBIS | In Albis is Latin for “white”. 100% Trebbiano Toscano (planted in 2008 using budwood from five local biotypes (Prof Bandinelli from the University of Firenze advised). Clay-loam soil derived from the decomposition of the marlstones of Vicchio and the sandstones of the Pratomagno-Falterona massif. 250 metres (820 feet) above sea level. North-east facing. Guyot. 6,500 vines/ha. 420A. / 2011 Debut. Fermented and aged in cement tanks. Aged on fine lees. Around 3,000 bottles. / 2013 Very savoury, lovely lemony fruit.
TOSCANA BIANCO DOC, IN ALBIS SULLEBUCCE | Picked later than the wine above. Hand picked, destemmed. Fermented wild on skins in cement tanks or wooden casks for a few days, then racked and pressed and finishes fermenting off the skins.
TOSCANA ROSSO DOC, BITORNIO | The soil composition is a clay loam originated by the geological formation called “Marl of Vicchio” (marl and clay marl). Old vines planted in 1967 and 1970. 2,800 vines/ha. 85% Sangiovese + 10% Canaiolo & Colorino, 5% Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia Bianca. / 2002 Debut.
TOSCANA ROSSO DOC, LIMINE | 100% Merlot. Clay loam derived from the geological formation called “Marl of Vicchio” (marl and clay marl).
TOSCANA ROSSO DOC, VENIA | 50% Sangiovese (clones Tin 10 and Tin 50) and 50% Merlot (clone 181). 7,000 vines/ha. 420A. / 2002 Debut.
CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG, FRASCOLE | 2012 Nice, classic, tight at Millésime Bio 2015. Around 25,000 bottles. Tasted on another occasion showed real bite and texture, really well made, lovely ripe tannins (tasted in 2014 I think).
CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG RISERVA DOCG
VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI RUFINA DOC | Clay loam originated by the geological formation “Marl of Vicchio” (marl and clay marl). 500 metres. Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca and unknown varieties. 2,800 vines/ha. Picked mid-September and hung to dry until mid-March. Pressed and the juice is run to small (40-80 litre) barrels (‘caratelli’) made of chestnut. 1993 Debut.
ACCOMMODATION | Five apartments for rental.
Frascole, Podere Vico, Località Frascole, Via di Frascole, 27 / I-50062 Dicomano (FI = Firenze), Italy / Tel+39 055.8386340 Website www.frascole.it