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- Varietals: 34% Sangiovese, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot
- Color: ruby red
- Aroma: mature red and black fruits, such as cherries, plums and blackberries; hints of spices, sweet tobacco and refined balsamic notes
- Flavor: full bodied with a modern super Tuscan style, rich with silky tannins and flavors of mature blackberry fruit and cocoa
- Food pairing: steak, pastas with Bolognese sauce, osso buco
At harvest, only the best grapes are used, selected through several passages in the vineyards to ensure optimal ripeness when picked and then again sorted prior to pressing. The harvest started at the end of August with the Merlot, followed by the Sangiovese at the end of September, and lastly the Cabernet Sauvignon in early October. Each varietal was vinified independently, fermenting in temperature controlled stainless steel vats at an average temperature of 82°F (28°C) for 10 days. The wine was then allowed to macerate on the skins for another two weeks. After completing malolactic fermentation, the three varietals were blended and aged for 12 months in 60-gallon (225 liter) oak barrels of first, second and third use. The wine then spent an additional six months in stainless steel tanks and bottle before release.