The Seggio river is the largest watercourse in the municipality of Castagneto Carducci. Its source is up in Sassetta’s metalliferous hills, an area that was already well known in the Etruscan period and is extremely rich in underground deposits of ferrous minerals. It cuts across the entire area of Bolgheri and its alluvial debris enrich the characteristic clay soils with precious large pebbles, thus ensuring excellent drainage of the soil. This Bolgheri Rosso is produced with the typical varietals, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Cabernet Franc 20% and Petit Verdot 10%, carefully harvested and vinified to ensure density and concentration but also creating a very fresh and easydrinking style of wine. In the glass, one can immediately grasp the impassioned enthusiasm and attention to the detail.
Vineyard location: Via Bolgherese, Cabernet Sauvignon (3.00 ha – 7.40 ac); Le Sondraie, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot (12,00 ha – 29.65 ac)
Soil characteristics: Via Bolgherese: deep soils with coarsegrained red sand, gravelly, well drained with a layer of clay at 120 cm (46 inches) below the surface. Slightly sub-alkaline. Le Sondraie: clayey with well-drained sandy-silt and high concentrations of magnesium and iron
Vinification and ageing: Grapes are de-stemmed then soft pressed to partially rupture of the berries. Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Duration of fermentation 12 days. Malolactic fermentation carried out naturally in barriques in November
Ageing: 15 months in 225 litres French oak barriques (30% new, 70% second use)
Alcohol content: 14.5% Vol.
Tasting notes: Intense ruby red in color. The nose offers nice fresh and crunchy fruit, enriched with mineral and spicy notes. The palate is medium bodied with red berry notes. The tannins are elegant, silky, enveloping and very soft. The finish is precise, clean and lively.