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Size: 750ml.


PRODUCTION AREA: Estate vineyards, on the southern hills of Montalcino. Altitude: Merlot: 170 m above sea level, Cabernet Sauvignon: 220 m above sea level. Position: Hillside.

SOIL TYPE: Merlot: yellowish brown colour, sandy topsoil, calcareous with round stone; Cabernet Sauvignon: light olive brown colour, clay calcareous topsoil.

GRAPE VARIETIES: Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%).

TRELLISING SYSTEM: Cordone speronato (Spurred cordon).

VINE DENSITY: 2.100 vines/ha.

HECTAR YIELD: 60 q.li/ha.

PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE: Produced only in favorable vintages. The two varieties are vinified separately with variable maceration between 8 (Merlot) and 18 (Cabernet) days. Alcoholic fermentation is followedby malolactic fermentation which takes place in barriques in temperature controlled areas. A 20-months aging period at a controlled temperature of 15 C follows. In the first 12 months the varieties age separately and then are blended and aged as a blend for the following 8 months.

DESCRIPTION

Colour: intense ruby red with garnet tones. Bouquet: rich and ample. The complementary varietal characteristics of the Cabernet and Merlot enhance each other in an extremely complex wine. Taste: full and round with a framework of very fine wood.

WINEMAKERS NOTES: Estate-bottled only in exceptional vintage years, this Super Tuscan integrates the best tradition of the noble French grapes of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with the extraordinary Montalcino terroir. An austere wine, with a rare concentration and structure.

FOOD PAIRINGS: Elegant, perfect with red meat and aged cheeses. Long aging wine.