Bottle: 0.75 lt.
Production Zone: Mercatale Val di Pesa, Tuscany, Italy.
Soil: hard limestone-rich rock (albarese)
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Sangiovese (20%), Cabernet Franc (5%)
Vinification: grapes of each parcel are picked separately and by hand into small packing cases and fermented in conical sixty hectoliter oak fermenters. The special conical forms of the fermenters aid the extraction of sweet and elegant tannins in all three different grape varieties, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Fermentation temperatures of this vintage were kept to an average of 81° Fahrenheit (27° centigrade) and never allowed to rise above 88° Fahrenheit (31° centigrade) in order to maintain the maximum aromatic character and impact of the of the fruit, well present in the musts. After a period of skin contact which lasted from three to four weeks, it went into oak barrels, not new, with the intention of putting it through the malolactic fermentation before the end of the year. During the aging of the wine, in new French oak barrels and for a period of eighteen months, the various lots of wine were kept separate. The wine was finally blended and bottled, then aged for a year in bottle before commercial release at 14° of alcohol.
Colour: deep red.
Taste: On the palate the tannins are supple and balanced. The wine is savory and mineral, but soft as well; its aftertaste recalls sweet notes of cacao, vanilla, and black and red berry fruit which linger and last.
Fragrance: The nose is ample and complex, full of fruity and varietal aromas and sensations which begin with black cherries and ripe red fruit and finish with liquorice, coffee, and toasted oak.
Serving Temperature: 18 °C (65 °F)
Alcohol content: 14% vol.
Serving Suggestions: Excellent with red meat, first courses and tasty soups, it goes well with cheese.
D'Agata & Comparini
I VINI DI VERONELLI 2012
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