A blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot harvested mostly from the Tuscan coast. This remote region was once a haven for robbers and bandits until it became known that red Bordeaux varieties thrive here. It is warmer than the hills of Chianti which means grapes that take longer to ripen generally do well, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. This region is the birthplace of Sassicaia, the original Super Tuscan.Before there were vines, the terrain was swampy. Throughout the 1900s, marshes were drained making the land suitable for viticulture. Soils are comprised mostly of sand, silt and clay. The area is warmer than the heart of the Chianti region, but does receive a little relief in the form of ocean breezes. The grapes are harvested in September, crushed and then fermented in a temperature controlled environment after which the wine is transferred into a blend of new and used French oak barrels where it matures for up to 18 months.
A dark ruby core gives way to bright edges, suggesting a youthful maturity. The wine offers abundant black fruit aromas of currants and cherries with hints of sweet spices. Cassis and plum fill the palate, while notes of cedar and clove add complexity. Firm, sweet tannins give grip to an otherwise velvety finish. This is a persistent wine which manages to balance opulence with structure. Though time will only enhance its charm, this wine is ready to dance.
- Alcohol: 15%
- Bottle Size: 750mL
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot