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IL PARADISO DI FRASSINA

Il Paradiso di Frassina comprises 9 ha of vines, all red, and all planted in 2000-2001 by Carlo Cignozzi, a retired lawyer (and former national swimming champion) who funded this venture by selling his shares in the Brunello producer Altesino. The vines occupy two sites: four ha for Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino around the winery on the north, Montosoli hillside of Montalcino; and five ha around 13 miles (20 km away) nearer the coast at Cinigiano for IGT Toscana and Sant'Antimo reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cesanese d'Affile, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Marselan, Ancellotta, Alicante Bouschet, Carmenère, Tannat and Canaiolo). Both vineyards gained organic certification in 2008. The Montalcino vines are the subject of an experiment run in conjunction with the Universities of Florence and Pisa which involves studying how the sound of music affects vine growth and vine pests.

Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and Scarlatti are played during the period of vegetative growth (from bud break to when the grape bunches have formed), while more symphonic composers such as Beethoven and Mahler are played in the run up to ripening, to inhibit pests. Vines grown in vitro are also being played music at a range of frequencies to see to which they best respond.

Il Paradiso, Gea Rosso 2008 Sant'Antimo Drink now to 2014
Briary red fruit and soft milk fat/chocolate tannins seasoned with plump, almost raisined fruit.