A vibrant dry Tuscan red with a wild, mineral character. Unfiltered and unfined, Il Secondo retains all of the authentic flavours of the Sangiovese grapes. Great for a dinner among friends.
Whats the Occasion
Family dinners, Spaghetti with any tomato sauce, Chicken cacciatore, Saltimboca
Carafe 30 minutes before serving
Up to a few years
When you smell Il Secondo, you’ll find it showcases the dark fruits and cherries typical of the Sangiovese grape variety, and the rusticity of Tuscan life. Notes of barnyard, leather and underwood come through.
When you taste Il Secondo, for all its flesh and warmth, there is something remarkably bright about it. An acidity brings together its tannic structure.
Il Secondo comes from the Pacina estate, not too far from the town of Siena in the Italian region of Tuscany. Tuscany has been renowned for its wines since the 8th century, its Mediterranean climate and hilly terrain providing variations in temperature which maintain a balance of sugars and acidity in the grapes that grow there. The soil is a combination of alluvial, sand, sandstone, and tufa, giving mineral qualities to the vines.
Converting a monastery
The Pacina estate is an ancient monastery, with its grounds covering about 65 hectares of land. Almost eleven of these hectares are taken up by vineyards, with the Sangiovese grape taking precedence, while over 30 hectares are left as uncultivated woodland to promote biodiversity. Everything produced on the estate - olives, pulses, grains, vegetables and white truffles along with the grapes - is grown entirely naturally and organically, with no use of pesticides or other chemicals.
Low intervention to preserve character
All of Pacina’s wines are produced using natural techniques. Il Secondo is neither filtered nor fined. It’s macerated over 21 days, fermented spontaneously, and aged for twelve months in concrete tanks. Nothing is added to it along the way - this low-intervention technique results in a strongly authentic flavour palate from the unsullied grapes.
The Brains Behind It
Born on the land
Pacina is a family affair - Giovanna Tiezzi Borsa’s ancestors have been living at Pacina for five generations. Giovanna inherited the winery from her mother, Lucia, herself a pioneer who firmly believed in the natural forces of the land. Giovanna currently runs the business with her husband, Stefano, with the help of their children Maria and Roberto. The family values were outlined by Giovanna’s late father, Enzo: “To cultivate the land and make wine, it is first necessary to respect all that surrounds you.”