Salvioni-La Cerbaiola is an estate winery at Località La Cerbaiola in the Montalcino region in Tuscany, Italy. Its main wines are Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Current production varies between 10,000 bottles in the years in which only Brunello is produced, and 15,000 when the Rosso di Montalcino is also produced.
Owner: Giulio and Mirella Salvioni inherited the land and began making wine part-time. Son David oversees vineyards and winemaking. Daughter Alessia Salvioni covers sales, marketing and administration. Contact: Alessia Salvioni.
Staff: Consultant oenologist: Attilio Pagli.
Vineyards: Surrounded by woodland, the 20 hectares (50 acres) of the La Cerbaiola winery overlook the Val d’Orcia from an altitude of 420 metres (1,375 feet) opening up like a plateau with a slight slope towards the southeast, 4 km south-east of Montalcino. San Quirico, Pienza and Ripa d’Orcia are visible on the opposite hills. Soils that vary from chalky schist to stony marl. There are three plots of vineyards, for a total of 4 hectares (10 acres). The main body of La Cerbaiola’s vines is next to Cerbaiona (sic). Both are said to be exceptional terroirs for Sangiovese. 420 metres. South-south east facing. Overlooking the Orcia valley.
Viticulture: Green harvesting and leaf plucking.
Winemaking: Bigger bunches for Rosso di Montalcino. Smaller bunches and ears (‘orecchie’) from the bigger bunches for Brunello.
Winery: Two cellars. One is on the estate for winemaking. The other is under their home in the centre of Montalcino is used for storage and ageing despite limited space .
Rosso di Montalcino DOC: 2011 8,000 bottles. Well made, crisp, tight Sangiovese, no green tannins (Anteprima 2013). | 2011 Nice in a modern fluffy style with some backbone (Anteprima 2014). | 2014 Plumptious, and a bit over-extracted maybe (Anteprima 2016). | 2018 10,133 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG: 2008 9,300 bottles. Nicely weighted, clear style (Anteprima 2013). | 2009 7,600 bottles. Sweet cedar, mid-weight, dry end (Anteprima 2014). | 2009 Bit green and roasted, oxidised too, tough and a bit thin and aggressive, sweet fruit not going anywhere (Blind tasted at Col d’Orcia 14 June 2014. | 2010 12,600 bottles. Savoury nose, classic, maybe a bit dry (Anteprima 2015). | 2011 Not really my style, too much extract for light grapes (Anteprima 2016). | 2015 10,133 bottles.
Località La Cerbaiola
I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy