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Producer: Marchesi de FrescobaldiGrape Varieties: 90% Sangiovese and 10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot & Cabernet SauvignonOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Powerful and elegant with sweet evolved tanninsAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italian
The Frescobaldi name goes back many centuries into the history of art, culture, trade and finance of Italy in general and Tuscany in particular. From the second half of the last century, the Frescobaldi's were keen players in the development of Tuscan vine-growing They were the first to plant new varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot and to adopt new planting, cultivation and wine-making systems in their properties. From the second half of the 1950's and throughout the 1960's, the company's growth was impressive.In 1989 Frescobaldi bought the Castelgiocondo estate in Montalcino, the largest vine-growing farm in the Brunello area. Although the estates have gone through many changes over the years, ownership has never changed hands and still, after 30 generations, is in full control of the Frescobaldi family.One of the major and largest vine growing businesses in Europe, Frescobaldi owns nine estates covering over 1,000 ha of vineyards, all located in excellent areas for fine wines. Directly managed by its family members, Frescobaldi produces almost 7 million bottles and the wines are exported to over 60 countries throughout the world.
THE CASTELLO DI NIPOZZANO estate, in the Chianti Rufina DOCG area, 30Km North-East of Florence, set in the typical Florentine countryside, totals 626 hectares, 184 hectares of which are vineyards. Built around the year 1000 the castle is the symbol of Frescobaldi's continuity and long winemaking history The estate is located in the heart of the Chianti Rufina area. Sangiovese and Cabernet are the main grapes grown in the vineyards which enjoy a perfect South-West orientation. The estate produces about 1,000,000 bottles a year.
Grapes: 90% Sangiovese and 10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Density: 2,500 to 6,00 vines per hectare Yield: 45 HL per Hectare
Soil: Dry and stony, with clay, limestone, well drained, poor in organic matter
Pruning: Spur - pruned cordon and Guyot
Winemaking: The grapes were hand harvested from mid September to mid October and then softly pressed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at less than 30C and lasted for 13 days. Each grape variety was kept separate. Maceration lasted for 25 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks immediately after alcoholic fermentation.
Ageing: 50% in 2nd and 3rd year French barriques for 24 months followed by 4 months in bottle prior to release.
Taste: Ruby red edged with garnet ,this wine has a full aroma with hints of cherry, strawberry, plum and dried flowers. The palate is powerful with sweet, evolved tannins, harmonious and elegant.
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