Grapes: Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Petit Verdot 10%
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, with manual punching down and 25-day maceration, followed by malolactic fermentation. Lots were blended when the wine is placed in barriques and also at the first racking. The wine was aged 18 months in new French Allier barriques and 12 months in bottle.
Wine Enthusiast2013 vintage
Vintage 2013 was less warm and cooler than 2012. The optimal temperature range between day and night enhanced and underlined the difference between the different varieties. Less concentration and much more elegance allowed Cabernet and Merlot to evolve better, and Sangiovese could reach the perfect level of maturation. Acidity is interesting but not invasive, tannis are important and will evolve in a superior quality in mouth. Picking up before the October rains, the harvest was not compromised and we got healthy grapes and compact bunches. Wines result then very complex and elegant at the nose, and at the same time characteristic and varietal. In the mouth the structure is harmonic and there are perfect proportions between acidity and tannins. The best features for a great year.
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 with full flavored meats, game and roast.
GRAPES: Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Petit Verdot 10%
APPELLATION: Tuscany IGT
ACIDITY: 5.20 g/l
AGING: Matured for 16 to 18 months in French oak
points of distinction
- A Tuscan Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet and 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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