The Juice Asylum

‘Il Terzo Grado’

Vino Rosso   |   Toscana - Italy


Sangiovese from Montepulciano and Merlot from Cortona are hand picked simultaneously, with the Merlot adding its full ripeness to the early picked tones of the Sangiovese. Both varieties are co-fermented in stainless steel semi-carbonically and with the use of indigenous yeasts and a small percentage (approximately 20%) of whole clusters. The juice spends 3 days on it’s skins and then aged for 5 months in stainless steel. It has not been fined or filtered and is bottled without the addition of sulfites.


  • Grapes: 90% Sangiovese - 10% Merlot
  • Vineyard: Bandinella Vineyard at Avignonesi
  • Vine Age: 14-30-years-old
  • Soil Type: Sandstone & pebbly clay
  • Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
  • Fermentation: Native – large inert plastic bins (25% whole-cluster)
  • Skin Contact: 3 days
  • Aging: 5 months in stainless-steel tanks
  • Total Production: 680 cases

Tasting Note

The finished product has great energy and freshness with cool cherry sorbet fruits, violet petal and blackurrant acidity. It is delicious, fun, and funky made with minimal intervention in a light a super juicy style.