About Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera
On a small hillock in the middle of one of Case Basse di Soldera’s vineyards grows an olive tree that’s almost 2,000 years old. Not merely ancient, this tree was long ago hit by lightning and separated into four separate trunks. The tree shouldn’t be flourishing, yet it is, a symbol of the specialness of the late, great Gianfranco Soldera’s Montalcino estate. When Soldera purchased the 56-acre Case Basse estate in 1970, it was derelict. He and his wife, Graziella, spent three years planting Sangiovese Grosso vines, refurbishing the villa, and nurturing the gardens that would become the estate’s showpiece and the core of its deep biodiversity. Soldera developed his first Brunello with the help of the legendary Giulio Gambelli, debuting the wine with the 1977 vintage. Often a divisive figure among Brunello makers, Soldera always did things his own way: relying on organic viticulture to grow only Sangiovese Grosso, hand-harvesting and hand-sorting grapes one by one, fermenting without temperature control in Slavonian oak, aging for upwards of four years, and bottling on site in the cellar Soldera designed himself. Infamously, a 2012 act of vandalism caused Soldera to lose much of the wine production from 2007 to 2012. Soldera, ever irascible, left the Brunello consortium and transitioned to IGT wines with the 2006 vintage, and since his 2019 death, the estate is run by his wife and children, Monica and Mauro. Each Case Basse bottle embodies its founder’s unyielding commitment to nature, purity, excellence and perfection. The wine is vibrant and otherworldly, with a complexity and elegance that cannot be described, only experienced.