We had produced a new wine, an important wine, where the fruit was not overwhelmed by the wood, a fine wine with a complex but very harmonious and balanced structure. We were very satisfied and we were looking for an original name that would link it to the territory where the grapes we used to make that wine were born.
It was a warm night in late May and I walked with my wife Laura along the dirt road that leads to Torraccia, skirting first a pine forest and then the vineyard surrounding the farm, when to our surprise we found ourselves immersed in a multitude of fireflies (lucciole) that flew lightly and illuminated the rows and pines intermittently, giving us a magical perception of the night space.
“What a lucciolaio!” Laura exclaimed.
I liked that word very much, it brought with it many things, many sensations: the magic of that surreal moment, the harmony of the night landscape not disturbed by the city lights, the liveliness of the fireflies, the genuineness of that still, intact territory, the confirmation of the goodness of our choice not to use insecticides and harmful substances in the treatment of vineyards.
We had found the name of the new wine!!!
Laura designed the label trying not to betray the silence and lights of that night.
And every year, between the end of May and the beginning of June, when nights get warmer, walking in the Torraccia vineyards the miracle of “Lucciolaio” renews.
Classification: IGT Colli della Toscana Centrale Rosso. Produced since 1994.
Vinification: the primary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature between 28 and 30° C for 22-24 days.
Characteristics: intense ruby red colour with garnet red shadings after years of aging. Wide scent with a complex bouquet of ripe red fruits, essences of wood, spices, vanilla and liquorice; wide, full, soft, elegant, harmonic, well balanced and very long flavour. It retains its best features for many years, being able to be aged for a long time (18-25 years).
Alcohol: 13,5 – 14% by vol. depending on the vintage
Temperature of service: 20° C.
Combinations: ideal for grilled red meats, roast and stewed game, Maremma wild boar, jugged wild game, aged and savory cheeses. It can be tasted also as meditation wine.