"With 2 original hectares planted in the heart of Tuscany, a lovely drive up into the hills above Florence, tucked into a sunny patch in the forest, Poggio la Noce is the epitome of a boutique winery. Now having 6 hectares, they have tripled in size. The estate was founded by the husband and wife team, Enzo Schiano and Claire Beliard, who assist in almost all of the daily work. They grow grapes and olives, have some animals and cultivate a garden for their seasonal food, everything is natural. As passionate foodies, they care what goes into their bodies. Theirs is perfectly positioned, meticulously cared for with a full understanding of ‘you get what you pay for.’ Focused, caring, and eager, these 2 are making some terrific wines and are really getting noticed.
Vin Santo, Occhio di Pernice, made from mostly Sangiovese grapes and aged in small oak casks . This is a real treat. Not much to come by, and we don't bring much into the states, so get it while you can. Golden caramel color, with scents of mature fruit, dried fruit and oriental spices. In the mouth it shows great concentration, with deep and velvety sweetness, offering a never-ending finish and great complexity suggesting a long aging potential.
FYI: It takes about the same amount of grapes to produce 24 (750ml) bottles of wine as it does to produce ONE single half bottle (375ml) of Occhio di Pernice. This is due to the fact that the grapes are left to dry on reed mats before they are pressed so that the skin/pulp ratio decreases notably. Furthermore, almost half of the wine evaporates from the casks during Occhio di Pernice's 10-year-long aging period." -- Matchvino, Importer