The Bolgheri DOC, on the western edge of Tuscany bordering the Tirrhenian sea, came to the world’s attention in the 1990s for its quality. The area’s exceptional climate is moderated by sea breezes, and the vineyards’ clay and sand soils are ideal for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The delicate Merlot is picked during the first half of September, while robust Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are harvested in the second half of the month. Grapes come from densely planted vineyards and low yields, which produce wines with concentration and complexity. Temperature-controlled fermentation is in stainless steel tanks, with maceration on the skins. Malolactic fermentation takes place in steel before the wine is matured in oak barrels and at least three months in bottle before release.
Wine Spectator Insider2015 vintage
Tasting Panel2013 vintage
The wine shows true Super Tuscan aromas of red fruit and licorice, and rich flavors with a velvet texture on the palate before an extended finish.
Pairs well with red meat and poultry.
points of distinction
- An international-style wine from the famed Bolgheri DOC on the Tuscan coast
- A Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
- 12 months of oak maturation help flavors and texture to become integrated.
about the grape +
Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
In 1999, the Folonari family began to acquire 100 acres of land in Bolgheri on the Tuscan Coast, an area made famous by Super Tuscans.