Grapes: 60 % Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Bolgheri’s exceptional climate is moderated by sea breezes from the nearby Tirrhenian Sea, and the vineyards’ clay and sand soils are ideal for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The delicate Merlot was picked during the first half of September, while the robust Cabernets and Petit Verdot were 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 takes place in stainless steel tanks, and maceration on the skins takes 20-22 days, followed by malolactic fermentation in steel. The wine is matured 12 months in one-year-old French barriques and at least 3 months in bottle before release.
Wine Spectator2016 vintage
The 2016 harvest was a winemakers dream in terms of quality. Quantity however was down from the previous season due to a rough growing season. The season saw cooler then average temperatures that led to a slight reduction in yields. This was followed by a very warm and dry summer - with only one rainfall in August to help the vines. Harvesting began in the beginning of October and the resulting wines have wonderful flavors with exceptional profiles.
Intense small red berry fruit with hints of violet and balsamic. Great acidity and a velvet sensation. Soft tannins with a long and persistent finish.
Pairs well with beef steaks, roasts and stews as well as rich poultry.
GRAPES: 60 % Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Bolgheri Rosso DOC
AGING: Matured for 12 months in one-year-old French barriques and at least 3 months in bottle before release
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
- 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.