Monday, 10 January 2011

Argentiera 2005, DOC Superiore, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The grapes come from an altitude of between 180 and 200 metres above sea level. The soil varies from sandy to clay in the vineyard. The yield was 5,000 kg per hectare. Harvesting started with the Merlot on the 15th September 2005. The Cabernet Franc was harvested during the last week of September and the Cabernet Sauvignon from the end of September until the 10th October.

All of the grape varieties were vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel vats for about 25 to 30 days and a controlled temperature between 28 and 30 degrees. The wine was transferred to 225 litre French oak barriques (Allier and Troncais wood) where malolactic fermentation completed. The wine was then aged for 14 months in oak and then for a further 12 months in bottle before release.

Colour : Dark red

Aroma : Plums, blackcurrant, wood, spice, herbs

Taste : Concentrated, thick, mouth coating, blackcurrant, plums, over oaky, herbs, spice

Alcohol : 14%

Mark : B-

Website : Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri

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