Il Vinco 'Canajo' Vino Rosso 2020
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Direct Press Selection • November 2022
Press 4 Red
Daniele Manoni, Marco Fucini, and Nicola Brenciaglia began Il Vinco in 2014 with the goal of rehabilitating old Canaiolo Nero vines in Lazio, just north of Rome. Canaiolo is known as aa blending grape now, but until the 20th century Canaiolo, not Sangiovese, was the main grape found in Chianti. The volcanic soils that slope down to Lake Bolsena have been the site of a growing scene of natural winemakers like Le Coste, Andrea Occhipinti, Joy Kull of La Villana, and Trish Nelson of La Gazzetta. Il Vinco’s vines are lush with wild herbs, flowers, and field beans that are used to make a green ‘manure’ or vegetable-based compost for the soil.
Canajó is fermented in concrete and it has a textured, almost gritty feel. Herbaceous, savory, and mineral — it needs some air or decanting. But after it opens up it almost reads like Sangiovese with its black cherry, dried flower, and sage, with some nice floral top notes. Minimal sulfur added at bottling. It’s the most rustic, feral wine of this month’s lineup, but with some patience it will be an interesting, earthy accompaniment to fall cuisine.