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Producer: Marchesi de FrescobaldiGrape Varieties: Mainly Chardonnay and Pinot BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Perfectly balanced with crisp savoury flavoursAlcohol 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 plants 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.
Castello di Pomino Estate, 40km north-east of Florence, on the slopes of the Apennine mountains, stretches over 1,458 hectares of land, 94 of which are cultivated with vineyards. Pomino is a unique environmental and production site in Tuscany and best represents the Frescobaldi's innovative spirit. The Pomino mountain area features cool, dry, windy weather, with noticeable temperature changes between day and night and from season to season, with short vegetative cycles.The Pomino DOC is one of the smallest in Italy and the only one in Tuscany to make prominent use of international varieties; Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco make up the blend of Pomino Bianco and the Pomino Rosso is made from Sangiovese and Pinot Noir. The Pomino Benefizio is fermented and matured in French barriques
Grapes: Mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc with small parts of complementary varieties.Altitude: 450-750 meters. Exposure: Southwest facing. Pruning: Guyot and spur pruned cordon
Density: 2,300 vines/ha in "first generation" vineyards and 5,000 vines/ha in the most recently planted vines.
Soil: Sandy, clay, of good depth and marginally high acidity
Harvest: Manually in September Yield: 50HL per hectare
Vinification: The grapes were softly pressed. Fermentation: 80% in stainless steel vats and 20% (of the riper grapes) in French Oak barriques, keeping the varieties separated, Fermentation lasted for 21 days at 16 - 18C.in stainless steel tanks and at 19-23C in barriques. Malolactic fermentation is limited to the barrel fermented part. Following the final blending this wine spends a further month in bottle prior to release.
Colour: Straw yellow with pale golden highlights..
Serve: Chilled as an aperitif or with fish such as salmon , white meats and vegetarian hors d'oeuvres..Taste: Perfectly balanced with crisp, savoury flavours with a smooth and long finish.
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