Podere le Ripi ''Sogni & Follia'' Rosso di Montalcino 2015 - Tuscany, Italy
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese
A deep ruby red with elegant orange shadows. In the nose, it expresses itself as a symphony of aromas going from the intense smell of cherry, strawberry, and violet to the fresh balsamic note of herbs. An impressive, broad structure that reveals a great minerality and a long lasting aftertaste.
Francesco Illy is accomplished, just like the rest of his family. He is part of the third generation of Illys responsible for building a coffee empire started by his grandfather – the original Francesco Illy – in 1933. In 1935, the first Francesco patented the espresso. In the sixties, his son Ernesto invented electronic selection, a system used in all the world’s coffee-growing countries to eliminate defective cherries. In the 1980s, Ernesto’s son Riccardo reinvented illy’s 250g ground coffee tin. And in the 1990s, Ernesto’s brother Francesco (of the third generation) created the first colorful designer home-use espresso machine. Each member of the family has made his or her mark on the company. But for Francesco Illy of present-day, his work outside the family business may be his most significant. After all, he has created the densest vineyard in the world.