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Argentiera - 2011

After a long and hard winter, with unusually low average temperatures ranging between 0 and 7° C, the spring was marked by abundant rains which continued throughout May. Even during the spring months, the temperatures were below average.
It was only in June that temperatures rose and reached the average seasonal values around 22° C, with a few hot days up to 31° C, which favored plant growth. The subsequent summer months were sunny and very hot, with the exception of 2 days of summer thunderstorms at the end of July, it almost never rained. The last weeks of August were very hot, and the highest temperatures even reached 35° C.
Given such a hot and dry summer, harvesting began well in advance, as early as August 27. The first grapes to be collected were Merlot grapes from the warmest, most muddy-sandy plots of land. At the end of the first week of September, Cabernet Franc harvesting began and was followed by that of Syrah. Merlot harvest for the Cru-wine of the estate ended on September 21. September continued without heavy rainfalls, which sped up harvest times. Cabernet Sauvignon was entirely harvested in the last ten days of the month. This plot-based harvest prevented the withering and over-ripening of grapes even in a hot year like this one. Although the alcohol strength will be higher, the level of phenolic maturity is ideal. Merlot is the variety which has benefited most from the weather in 2011, expressing more intense aromas and an excellent structural quality.

Classification: DOC Bolgheri Superiore
Vintage: 2011
Grape varieties: 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.

The carefully selected grapes were grown in the estate’s best vineyards at altitudes of 180 to 200 m a.s.l.. The different grape varieties were vinified separately; fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel tanks for about 25/30 days at a controlled temperature never over 28/30° C.
The wine was then transferred into mainly new 225 l French oak barriques (Allier and Troncais) where malolactic fermentation was completed and it was aged for further 18 months. After the blending the wine undergoes further 12 months of bottle fining before the release on the market.
Alcohol: 14,5%

Intense ruby red with purple highlights. In the nose, fruity aromas of cherry and plum, followed by spicy notes of black pepper and nutmeg. Balsamic notes of mint and eucalyptus completed by a hint of chocolate and a pleasant note of blond tobacco in the finish. Sweet and silky tannins that then become velvety and large. A well-balanced wine whose supporting acidity and tannins prevail over alcohol. The taste starts with very pleasant fresh plums. Long aromatic persistence with a finish of fresh plums and a hint of graphite.

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