ASLAN – TUSCANY

 

Aslan, or lion, is the heraldic symbol of Tuscany and represents bravery and all that is good. Aslan is a collection of Tuscan wines from Chianti to the southern coastal region of Maremma.

MAREMMA TOSCANA

Fattoria San Felo was created in 2001 by the Vanni family, fueled by their passion for viticulture, their attachment to the farming traditions of the area and their desire to promote the Maremma viticultural appellation. Fattoria San Felo is located in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, on the slopes of Mount Amiata, between the hills of Uccellina Park and Costa d’Argento.

 

The vineyards consist of sandstone soils rich in schist. The Mediterranean climate is influenced by sea breezes, sun-filled days and cool nights. The sea has an important impact on the local microclimate with temperature variations that are never too extreme. The grapes ripen slowly, leading to fresh and elegant wines rich in taste and minerality.

 

Winemaker Fabrizio Moltard has worked with some of the most prestigious wineries in Italy and is described in the wine world as possessing great professionalism, sensory capabilities and profound experience. He shows enormous respect for terroir and has an extraordinary ability to translate this reverence into the unique identities that he creates for each wine. Decanter Magazine called Fabrizio “the secret ingredient in many top Maremma wineries.”

 

Fabrizio Moltard graduated from the Facoltà di Agraria in Florence in 1987. He has worked for the Marchesi Frescobaldi family, Angelo Gaja in Montalcino and Bolgheri, Planeta in Sicily, Agostina Pieri in Brunello di Montalcino, Azienda Agricola Montauto in Manciaco in the Maremma and Montepeloso on the Tuscan Coast. Fabrizio Moltard has been with Fattoria San Felo since their beginning. 

 

Anna and Mario Monticelli travel to Fattoria San Felo to meet with Fabrizio in the vineyard and winery. Anna and Mario create the blend for the Aslan Maremma Toscana Rosso using Fabrizio’s individual lots.

2018 Vermentino

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Toscana Rosso

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

2015 Chianti

89 points Jeb Dunnuck

CHIANTI

The story of Villa Saletta spans over a millennium. The estate has been owned by just four families throughout its history, all notable in their own unique way. The Gambacorta family consolidated the lands around the estate in the 14th century, before it came under the ownership of the Riccardi, a wealthy family from Florence and bankers to the famous and powerful house of Medici. The Riccardi transformed Villa Saletta into a true working estate throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was then passed on to the Castelli family.

When the Hands family took ownership almost 20 years ago, they saw the potential to reinstate the tradition of an agriculturally diverse, thoughtfully managed and self-sufficient estate. Today they blend traditional Tuscan techniques and modern technology while reflecting the heritage of the estate.

David Landini, Winemaker and General Manager of Villa Saletta, was born and raised in Tuscany. He studied Viticulture and Enology at the University of Florence. David has worked for Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Marchesi Antinori, Malenchini and Montellori. David works with the classic Tuscan Sangiovese variety at Villa Saletta while also experimenting with a range of varieties from further afield, including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, all perfectly suited to the terroir. Everything he does is in the pursuit of balance – in the soil, in the environment and in the cellar.