Appodiato di Chianciano “La Fornace” – I.G.T. Toscana 2012

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Vineyard location

Hill side with south-eastern exposure.

Vineyard age

Planted in 1997 at a density of 1.30×0.9 meters (~4×3 ft), equivalent to 8,547 vines/ha (3,490/ac).

Trellising method

Trained to a bilateral cordon with vertical shoot  positioning.

Grapes

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 different clones: clone CL191 on 420A rootstock, CL169 on 161-49, CL337 on SO4 and CL3309 on SO4.

Soil

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.

Vinification

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.

Aging

It was placed in small (lt.225) new French and American oak barrels for 12 months

Bottling

To protect the vineyard’s character this wine was racked then bottled unfiltered on May 10th, 2011.

Production

900 bottles

Bottle age

In our temperature controlled cellar for over 45 months.

Color

Dark, deep, blackish-ruby hue.

Bouquet

Bold and intense, with blackberries and licorice, black pepper and a hint of vanilla.

Taste

Full-bodied palate with exceptional dark fruit intensity and spice. Big structured with well integrated, supple tannins and a long, persistent finish.

Serving temperature

20°C, 68°F.

Gastronomy

Best served with roasts and grilled meats, particularly ‘bistecca alla fiorentina’.