FSM, Castello Vicchiomaggio

FSM, Castello Vicchiomaggio


The FSM project was born in 1994 when John Matta identified the need for a totally new wine, a wine not made from Sangiovese: the estate was already producing the highly acclaimed 'La Prima' which is 100% Sangiovese. Merlot was felt to be the best match for their vineyard’s microclimate and soils: heavy clay is often well represented. A plot of four hectares was selected and land preparation started in 1996, the vines were planted over a five year period to 2003. Accepted wisdom states that quality wine comes from older vines, FSM however is produced from young vines, a fact that John Matta likes to make known. Heavy pruning and very low yields are the techniques being used to counter the natural vigour of young vines, assuring high quality. Vinified in small stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged for two years in small barrels and a year in bottle prior to release. The 2004 produced a very well balanced crop and the wine received Italy's coveted Tre Bicchieri from the Gambero Rosso, exceptional for a wine produced from five year old vines. Incredibly concentrated with aromas of ripe berries and cherries, definitely Merlot, but with the flavours and charm of Tuscany. Only about 3,000 bottles are produced in any year.


  • Type: Red

  • Country: Italy

  • Region: Toscana

  • Vintage: 2010

  • Producer: Vicchiomaggio

  • Primary grape: Merlot

  • Screwcap: Cork

  • Bottle size: 75cl