The Prugnolo Gentile grapes for the Salco are grown on the most mature plots in the vineyards of the estate: 'Salco' (2 ha/5 acres) and 'Laghetto' (3,5 ha/8 acres). This clone of Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile ripens easily and allows for beautifully intense aromas and flavours. It is aged in oak for 24 months (30% in botti and 70% in tonneaux) and refines in bottle for up to 4 years before release.
The 2010 vintage was a whirlwind of emotions for Salco, starting with a difficult spring and blossoming, the growing season then went fairly steadily and enjoyed lovely warmth and ripening conditions without excessive scorching sunlight. However, a cloudy and cool September has had fairly regular progress, free of those now typical excessive light intensities. A cloudy and cool September caused some worry as to whether reaching full ripeness would be possible, but a series of excellent days at the end of the month provided more body and final intensity of flavour.