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Villa Donoratico - 2013

Winter temperatures were within the average ranges, with few rainfalls. The 2013 Spring season was marked by unusual low temperatures which were well below the season average range, with constantly alternated rainy and sunny days. The low temperatures persisted in June causing a 15 days delay in plant growth compared to the previous years. Moreover, the ripening process was much more uneven.
The Summer season was fairly hot with peaks of 32°C, except for fewer showers, which proved to be beneficial for the vines. September was characterized by a particularly warm and dry weather, which enhanced the aromatical development, as well as the grapes' polyphenolic characteristics. Rainfalls started the last few days of September, when the grapes had already been harvested. The ripening process of the remaining grapes was thus not affected by the rain.
The grape-harvest started September 12th with Merlot, whereas the Crus were harvested approximately 10 days later. Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc were harvested in this order from Sept. 24th to the 28th , and it ended on October 12th with Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were the grapes variety which mostly has benefited from the weather in 2013, expressing more intense aromas and excellent structural quality.

Appellation: DOC Bolgheri Rosso
Year: 2012
Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

Bright red ruby color. On the nose very complex with hints of marmalade of fresh plum and carob, beside pleasant notes of chocolate, rosemary and almond paste, finishing with some maraschino hints and the typical balsamic freshness, which reminds the Macchia Mediterranea. On the palate the wine offers primarily a sapid fresh taste followed by fruity notes of plums and a wonderful gentle tannic structure, which gives the sensation of roundness. A clear lingering finish bear witness to the perfect ageing in wood. Good structure and long persistent aftertaste with sapid and complex finish.

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