Mario Bollag, the owner of the estate began working in Tuscany as the winegrower, owner of Il Palazzone. Richard Parsons (the former chairman of Citigroup and the former chairman and CEO of Time Warner) bought the estate from Mario in 2000. Mario went on to start his new project called Terralsole from vineyards he’d planted four years earlier.
The estate’s 12 hectares (30 acres) of vineyards have been farmed by Mario and his wife, Athena for over 30 years. Montalcino zone is roughly 75 square miles large, and they cultivate two distinct terroirs in Montalcino to provide themselves with a blend of soils, vineyard aspects and microclimates.
The Rosso comes from mostly marl soils which have excellent drainage and are grown at an average 250 meters above sea level, so just over 820 feet. (Fontelattaia vineyard 200 mt. above sea level - Pianbossolino 410 mt). The vineyards are planted with monolateral “cordone” at a density of about 5,000 vines per hectare. All harvesting is done by hand, and the wines are destemmed before they start their ferments in 600 liter French oak Tonneaux. Once bottled they are aged an additional 24 months before release.
Total acidity: 5,15 g/l
Total polyphenols: 3.390.00
Dry extract: 28,41 g/l