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. The wine is matured at least 3 months in bottle before release.
Wine Spectator2017 vintage
The 2017 vintage defies easy description. The cycle of events through the growing season were unusual. The winter was uncharacteristically mild and dry. Vines never quite remained dormant for long, and the area was experiencing a drought. Fast forward to spring, and moderate temperatures prompted early budding. Thankfully, the area was not affected by an early frost. Early budding varieties had more success through the entire season. By May however, the drought had intensified, unusually high summertime temperatures arrived, and late budding varieties suffered to set fruit properly. Yields were lower, so care and hard work in the vineyard were most important. An earlier than usual harvest arrived, yet the quality of the fruit was undiminished despite the circumstances. Overall the purity of fruit and aromatics maintain typical characteristics of the region.
Outstanding balance between delicate flowers and green/citrus fruits. Outstanding minerality balanced with an elegant acidity.
Pairs well with fish, shellfish and light or vegetarian hors d'oeuvres.
APPELLATION: Vermentino di Toscana IGT
ACIDITY: 6 g/l
AGING: Matured at least 3 months in bottle before release
points of distinction
- Brisk acidity and a clean, fresh character pairs with white meats, fish and dips
- Fermented in stainless steel and made without malolactic to retain fresh, crisp fruit character and vibrant acidity
- A great sipper on its own
- Medium-bodied white made from Vermentino, native to Bolgheri in Tuscany
about the grape +
Vermentino produces big, ripe, deeply-colored wines with balance, substance and character. The wine shows delicate, persistent citrus, herbal and almond aromas, and similar, supple fruit flavors.
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.