Appodiato di Chianciano “La Fornace” – I.G.T. Toscana 2012
Hill side with south-eastern exposure.
Planted in 1997 at a density of 1.30×0.9 meters (~4×3 ft), equivalent to 8,547 vines/ha (3,490/ac).
Trained to a bilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 different clones: clone CL191 on 420A rootstock, CL169 on 161-49, CL337 on SO4 and CL3309 on SO4.
Deep sandy clay with limestone from the Pliocene era (6 million years ago).
The 2012 Vintage
Is characterized by wines of excellent quality, with high polyphenols and alcohol levels. These characteristics have contributed to well-balanced wines with a flavor profile particularly true to variety and to its territory, ideal for a very long cellaring.
Small lot fermentation at 25-30°C (77-86°F) using indigenous (wild) yeast. Fifteen day maceration with frequent aerations, pump-overs and punch-downs of the cap for optimum polyphenol extraction.
It was placed in small (lt.225) new French and American oak barrels for 12 months
To protect the vineyard’s character this wine was racked then bottled unfiltered on May 10th, 2011.
In our temperature controlled cellar for over 45 months.
Dark, deep, blackish-ruby hue.
Bold and intense, with blackberries and licorice, black pepper and a hint of vanilla.
Full-bodied palate with exceptional dark fruit intensity and spice. Big structured with well integrated, supple tannins and a long, persistent finish.
Best served with roasts and grilled meats, particularly ‘bistecca alla fiorentina’.