Fiammae, the wine of Gerardo and Lapo Gondi
Good blood does not lie, Gerardo and Lapo, the sons of BernardoGondi , owner of the Tenuta Bossi in Chianti Rufina, have created their first wine.
Just as Bernardo - who in 1989 made his first pure Cabernet Sauvignon wine, planted five years earlier, giving life to the Mazzaferrata that has recently been the protagonist of a great vertical tasting in honour of 30 years of wine - so too Gerardo and Lapo wanted to interpret their territory following their personal vision of Sangiovese.
It is called Fiammae and is a pure Sangiovese produced from grapes harvested in a vineyard located at an altitude of 300 meters and facing south-east. The particularity of the wine comes from the drying of half of the grapes for about a month, while the other half is vinified immediately. The grapes are fermented in barriques and then aged separately in French oak barriques. For the fresh grapes a medium toasted wood was chosen, while for the dried ones it was preferred to use a barrique with more austere and powerful notes. After 18 months of aging, the wine was blended and bottled. The wine is released after a further 12 months of bottle aging.
The first vintage of Fiammae is 2016 and it is the "authors" of the wine themselves who explain its name and genesis. "The flames often recur in our family - says Gerardo, born in 1982 - because they are the logo of the Banco Gondi and Sangallo wanted to depict them on some bas-reliefs along the main staircase of the building. Moreover, my daughter's name is Fiammetta, a family name. But it is also the flames that represent the passion that my brother and I have for wine".
Lapo, born in 1986, tells how the idea for this wine came about: "When Gerardo and I decided to "test ourselves" with a new wine in 2015, we immediately realized that we had different visions of Sangiovese. He had in mind a fresh wine rich in primary aromas while I wanted a more powerful and austere wine. So having two different visions, our oenologist Fabrizio Moltard, with his long experience, helped us to merge, wisely, our two souls and give life to Fiammae".
The name, which evokes Latin, is declined in the plural, because inside the bottle there are two souls and two flames: that of Gerardo and that of Lapo, united by an infinite passion for Sangiovese.