This modern Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cab offers refined floral, candied berry, cedar and ginger aromas with enough structure for short-term cellaring or pairing with food tonight. Great with spaghetti and meatballs, or with grilled lamb with mushroom risotto.
The grapes and ensuing wine come from different altitudes and different soils. Soil type goes from compact, very fine-textured limestone at 1,300-1,500 feet above sea level; to classic, clayey/calcareous, rocky galestro, also at altitudes around 1,300 feet; and clayey/siliceous/calcareous soil, at an altitude of 820-990 feet. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks at c. 25° C (77° F), followed by maceration on the skins for 15-20 days and malolactic for 7 days. The wine is subsequently aged 1 year in oak (80% Slavonian barrels, 20% barriques). The Slavonian barrels are 5-6 years old. Bottle ageing is 1 year.
Tasting Notes Deep ruby color with garnet reflections and an elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, licorice and plums; a medium to a full-bodied palate, rich in ripe red fruit, goût de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violet that are well-integrated with the soft tannins and silky texture. Firm backbone, perfect integration of acidity and fruit and a well-rounded, gentle finish.
Varietal Composition 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot
Food Pairing Pasta, risotto, structured dishes, meat, cheese; extremely versatile and food-friendly.