Grapes: 45% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Soils are a blend of clay, sand and the stony galestro limestone that is special to Tuscany. Grape clusters were reduced to one or two per stalk in May to assure maximum quality at harvest. In the winery, grapes were hand sorted and destemmed, and the skins were broken rather than crushed. Fermentation took place in a combination of temperature-controlled and lined, open-top tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation. Lots were blended first when the wine is placed in barriques and again at the first racking. The wine was matured for 18 months in new French Allier barriques followed by 12 months in bottle.
Wine & Spirits2009 vintage
Wine Advocate2009 vintage
The vineyards of Tuscany were particularly lush in 2009 due to water reserves accumulated during the winter and the extreme heat of the third week of May, which accelerated the development of vegetation. The winegrowers cut back shoots and thinned bunches. Between June and July the insistent rain and the humid heat warranted vine treatments for mildew and powdery mildew, but the vintage ended well, with high quality at harvest.
The wine is ruby red with violet reflections and spicy aromas of blackberry. On the palate, ripe berries lead to spices and sweet oak on a full body with firm tannic structure.
A delicious companion to beef and pork roasts, and game such as venison and boar.
GRAPES: 45% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Tuscany IGT
ACIDITY: 5.36 g/l
AGING: 18 months in new French oak, 12 months in bottle
points of distinction
- A Tuscan Bordeaux blend of 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet and 15% Petit Verdot
- Matured for 18 months in new French oak
about the grape +
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
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.
– Antonio Moretti, Owner
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