Background: Manfredi Martini worked for the Biondi Santi estate in the 1950s. In 1958 Manfredi and his wife Fortunata bought what is now Il Paradiso di Manfredi, an estate then with more olives than vines. After a severe frost in the early 1960s killed many of the olive trees the main focus became wine production. Il Paradiso di Manfredi became a founder member of the Brunello consorzio in 1967. In 1982 Manfredi died, leaving the estate to his daughter Rosella (an elementary school teacher) and her husband Florio Guerrini (a school bursar by profession, born 1946) who decided to work on the estate full time. Florio made 300 bottles in his first vintage. Florio and Rosella’s two daughters are Silvia and Gioia (Gioia Guerrini’s grandmother was Fortunata Martini (Manfredi’s widow). The estate was sold and is now called Il Paradiso di Cacuci.
Staff: Consultant oenoligist: Paolo Vagaggini.
Vineyards: There are 2.5 hectares of vines near the town of Montalcino, in the Canalicchio area of Montalcino, of which 2 hectares produce Brunello and 0.5 hectares produce Rosso di Montalcino. Pliocene soils. The vines are cultivated using a spurred double cordon. The main rootstock is 420A, to prevent excess vigour. Vine density is 3,300 vines per hectare (90 cm between vines and a row width of 2.7 metres). The average age of the vineyards is 28 years. The vines face north north-east. The altitude of the cellar is 355 metres and the vines are above and below this on the steep hillside outside Montalcino. From the cellar one can see the vineyards of Altesino, Caparzo and Capanna di Cencioni, and the cellars of Val di Suga. The neighbouring vineyards are Il Paradisone Colli degli Angeli, La Gerla, and Il Marroneto.
Biodynamics: 2019 Member of Renaissance des Appellations.
Winemaking: Cement vats. Whole berries, native yeasts. Pump over.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC: 2003 Aged in botti. Bit dry but well put together with decent fruit and flavour (Anteprima 2005). | 2007 Lovely sweet fruit at the Natural Wine Fair, Borough Market 15-17 May 2011. | 2012 2,700 bottles. | 2013 2,500 bottles. 13-14 months in 25hl botti. Primary, sappy, plump fruit, bit green too maybe, driven style with lots of whole berries (Anteprima 2014). Again sweet bright berries, very distinct and savoury (Anteprima 2015).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG: 2000 Nice style, deep and classic, warm fruit, cedar flavours too (Anteprima 2005). | 2001 Evolving well, crisp, some earth and VA, but also nice intensity (Anteprima 2006). Youthful, orangey colour, wonderful fruit and depth, very good (Natural Wine Fair, 2011). | 2004 Decent weight and funk (Natural Wine Fair 2011). | 2009 7,000 bottles. Nice traditional style, good weight, bit of bake, slightly dry end (Anteprima 2014). | 2010 36m in botti. Sweet, maybe a hint of bake too (Anteprima 2015).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva: 1985 Produced. | 2000 Very hot year says Florio Guerrini. Concentrated, powerful, traditional style, nice evolution (Anteprima 2006). | 2004 Produced. | 2007 Produced.
Toscana Rosso IGT, Trentennale: 2011 The name means ‘the 30th’, referring to the estate’ 30th vintage in 1981. 100% Sangiovese. 13,5% alc. Natural ferment in concrete vats. Aged 36 months in 10hl oak vats. This was the 2011 Brunello but it was not given its Brunello DOCG.
Il Paradiso di Manfredi
Via Strada Communale del Canalicchio, 305
I-53024 Montalcino (SI), Italy
Tel+39 0577.848748 | www.ilparadisodimanfredi.com