Owner: Giampi Moretti and Clara (his wife) Moretti.
Staff: Alberto Antonini as consultant until 2002.
Estate vineyards: The estate lies near the head of the valley where it is very narrow and this produces a cold windy micro-climate with a big day-night inversion. Hence it has been described as “the most white-oriented estate in Tuscany,” (Gambero Rosso: 2003, p.496). From 50-100 metres. South-facing or west south west you could say. Very rocky soils on the hills, some terraces; sandier lower down. Most of the red grapes are at Mutigliano (where it is clay-rich).
Colline Lucchesi DOC Chardonnay: 2001 5-8,000 bottles. Rich, butter, nice Burgundian style, decent acid, and width, but a bit clumsy perhaps (Visit 2005).
Colline Lucchesi DOC Sauvignon: 1999 Nice crisp green fruit nose; very Pouilly-like and very good, mineral and elegant and so fresh at 6 years old (Visit 2005). | 2001 10,000 bottles. Quite a sherry-style but no MLF but oxidised (Visit 2005).
Colline Lucchesi DOC Sauvignon, Gana: 2001 BF and MLF. Quite high tone acetaldehyde; fresh acid again (Visit 2005.
Toscana Bianco, Spante: Spante was a figure of speech from Lucca from the 1800s which means ‘splendid’ and in this case means it is made from the best Chardonnay grapes selected in the vineyard. Vines planted mainly from 1990-93. | 2001 2,500 bottles. BF and MLF I think. Deepish gold, rich honeyed nose, buttery but the alcohol is well-integrated (Visit 2005).
Toscana Rosso IGT, Niffo: Niffo=local name for the face of wild animals. | 1999 50% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot, Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo. Leafy Cabernet Franc nose, some minty chocolate too, not bad, bit grubby but can see why people might like this as a Graves-style red; soft and and leafy (Visit 2005).
Agritourism: This is called Le Muralle which is next door to the winery. Run by his sister Daniella;
Terre del Sillabo
Via Per Camaiore Traversa V
Loc. Cappella, I-55060 Lucca (LU), Italy