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Producer: FrescobaldiGrape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Sangiovese 10%Optimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Warm complex redAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italy
Tenuta di Castiglioni was the first estate cultivated by the Frescobaldi family, which has produced over 700 vintages. The family’s passion for wine in this area started in Castiglioni, along the road of the same name, which the ancient Romans built to link Rome to Tuscany. On the gentle hills of Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence, the combination of the terroir, the mild climate and the characteristic afternoon sea breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea is expressed in the Tenuta di Castiglioni wines which are structured, generous and show a rich, purity of fruit.
Following a particularly dry and mild winter, the 2016 growing season began a week earlier than the previous year. Spring began with cool, wet weather encouraging the accumulation of the water reserves necessary for the vines’ development. Temperatures increased in June and the summer was hot and dry lasting until the harvest; with the exception of a few isolated showers in August which brought much needed respite to the plants. The harvest season was particularly favourable with an extended period without rainfall and good diurnal temperature differences; ideal for the accumulation of polyphenols within the grapes.
Tenuta Castiglioni is situated in the gentle hills of Val di Pesa. The richness of the weather and the terroir is expressed in the structure of the wines, due to the symbiosis between the soil, the mild climate and the afternoon breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The grapes for this wine are grown in a vineyard where the soils are made up of calcareous clay which is rich in stone.
Temperature controlled fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 30°C and lasted for 12 days, followed by a maceration on skins for four weeks, to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was matured in oak barriques for 12 months. The wine received a further two months bottle age, prior to release.
Sweet fruits open the nose, with aromas of blueberry, cherry, accompanied by underlying black pepper spice and vanilla nuances. On the palate the wine is generous, full-bodied and enveloping. Ripe fruits are evident on the palate complemented by elegant toasted notes that create an intense and harmonious finish.
Accompanies stewed or pan-fried meats; roasted pork; or full-flavoured cheese.
Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Sangiovese 10%
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