Deep Garnet with purple rim. Jammy fruit-packed aromas of black raspberries, ripe black plums and morello cherries coupled with chocolate, mint and mocha. Opulent fruit on the palate ends dry with a fairly short, tannin-forward finish. Bold fruit up front with medium acidity. Enough fruit tannin to cellar a couple more years and let the fruit flavors mellow and unfold into more complexity.
Varietal(s): 96% Sangiovese 4% Canaiolo
Vineyard Areas: Hills between Arezzo and Siena
Soil: Stony and dry
Harvest: Middle of September
Winemaking: After de-stemming the grapes are not crushed, in order to keep the berries intact, assuring softer tannins and greater color extraction. Selected yeasts are added and the fermentation starts at a controlled temperature of 22-25° C (70-75° F) for about ten days. The wine is left in contact with the skin for about ten more days, after which it's racked. Then the bacteria are added and the malolactic fermentation takes place, lasting about six days. Aging: A third of the wine is aged in oak casks for four months, the remaining in stainless steel tanks. Further six months in the bottle. The wine is slightly filtered and separated from the residual yeasts and sediments, before bottling.
Food Pairing: Grilled red meat, read sauce pasta dishes, risotto with mushrooms, and pizza