A mild and dry winter, followed by a low-rainfall spring. e vines sprouted slightly earlier than usual. No sanitary problems during the whole season. A very hot summer led to an anticipated veraison and harvest. We started with Alicante-Bouschet on the 26th of August and concluded with Petit Verdot on 20th September. A severe selection was applied both in the eld and on the sorting tables leading to a very low yield per hectare.
Of a brilliant ruby red, enveloping at the nose, recalling scents of Mediterranean scrub. Sage, rosemary, red berry fruit intertwine with a precise mineral note. A fine tannins pattern sustains the final dominated by balsamic notes.
CLASSIFICATION: IGT Toscana
VARIETIES: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Alicante-Bouschet, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
ALC/VOL: 14 %
THE VINEYARD: exposure south – south-westerly; altitude 140 mt; complex, stony structure on a substratum of clay; vine density: 6,600 plants per hectare.
HARVESTING TECHNIQUE: manual
YIELD/HA in 2012: 42 hl
VINIFICATION: temperature-controlled spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The vinification of the grapes from the various plots of our vineyards takes place separately in open tapered steel vats. Each plot is kept classifed separately also along all the wood maturing process, up to the moment of the blend composition.
MACERATION: up to 21 days depending on the variety. Long contact with lees to drastically reduce the use of sulphites.
MATURING: 12 months 50% in steel and the remaining 50% in French oak barriques and tonneaux, 30% of which new and 70% of second or third passage. Further 12 months of bottle ageing. No fining or filtering.
CELLAR LIFE: over 15 years