At 350 meters in elevation, the 10-acre Il Pareto vineyard has clay soil with lime and gravel-size stones. The soil composition is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon, with a high proportion of galestro rock. Il Pareto grapes are manually harvested, destemmed and crushed before fermentation and malolactic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Maceration on the lees for 15 days promotes the extraction of optimal color and fine, structured tannins. The wine is aged in Allier oak barriques, part new and part one year old, for 16 months, and then in bottle for a minimum of 6 months.

92 Points
2016 vintage
94 Points
Wine Advocate
2016 vintage
Harvest Note
The growing season began with cool, wet weather. The flowering was generally good, but cooler than normal temperatures affected fertility in some cases, reducing yields slightly. In July, the weather turned hot and dry, with one rainfall mid-August relieving the stress on the vines. Picking for Merlot started at the end of August, and the dry weather prevented the skins from ripening perfectly. The late-ripening Sangiovese, however, took advantage of 2 inches of rain mid-September, followed by beautiful weather with good swings in temperature between day and night.
Tasting Note
This wines classic Cabernet aromas and flavors of cassis and black fruits have intriguing dried herb, spice, vanilla and cedar notes. On the palate, jammy fruit leads to firm, noble tannins before a long finish.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with roasted meats and hearty poultry.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
PH: 3.66
ACIDITY: 4.9 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 24 months in barrique and 6 months min in bottle
Unique Selling Points
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in the Super Tuscan style
  • Matured for 16 months in oak barrels for increased complexity

About the Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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