Cabernet Franc – Merlot from Toscana IGT, Italy – 750ml
Producer Tasting NotesMassetino 2019 displays the typical characteristics of this vintage. The colour is dark and youthful, the nose displays perfectly ripe black fruit underlined by spicy new oak and liquorice. On the palate the wine is rich and dense, with a velvety and refined texture balanced by a frame of fresh acidity and firm tannins.
Vineyard NotesIn the early 1980s the first vines were planted on the west facing clay rich soils of the Masseto hillside. Geological studies had suggested that this might be a special site and the battles between the celebrated oenologist André Tchelistcheff and the founder to plant Merlot instead of the safer choice of Cabernet Sauvignon are legendary. From the very first harvest the unique personality of the wines from this vineyard planted along a vein of Plyocene blue clay were clear for all to see (and taste). More than 30 years passed since those initial steps.
WinemakingThe grapes were harvested by hand in 15 kg crates. After destemming and light crushing, the grapes were transferred to concrete tanks by gravity, without any pumping. Every single lot of the vineyard was vinified separately. Fermentation occurred spontaneously with wild yeast at temperatures around 25-28°C, with two to three pump-overs a day and délestages when appropriate. Total time in tanks ranged between 21 to 25 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels, with 50% new oak. After the first 12 month of aging the wine was blended and put back into barrels for a further 3 months before bottling.
AgeingAfter the first 12 month of aging the wine was blended and put back into barrels for a further 3 months before bottling.
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Cabernet Franc – Merlot
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