Coldipietrerosse

2012

Coldipietrerosse 2012

DOCG Suvereto

 

Coldipietrerosse, our farm’s flagship wine born in 2000, is the result of one of our vineyards that although harder to manage, are more important and organoleptically characteristic.
The wine takes its name – which means “red rock hill” – from the red earth and iron rocks in the soil where the plants grow.
Cabernet vines in fact grow on the slopes of a steep hill, exposed to the sea, that is hard to farm with machinery and extremely difficult to manage during the numerous manual operations.
Coldipietrerosse is one of the most award-winning wines at international competitions.

VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

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Climate and year

Although 2012 was a drought year, some much-needed late-August rain boosted ripening, which completed evenly, with excellent parameters both aromatically and in terms of both polyphynols. Vintaging took place for Merlot in the first week of September and between the 18th and the 22nd with the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vineyards

Cabernet plants grow on the limey hill slope of Montepeloso, exposed to the sea, with a rocky and ferrous red-hued soil.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING

Harvesting is done by hand in 12 kg crates, and the bunches are selected on a double sorting table before and after destemming. In the end, the chosen grape is subjected to a soft pressing. Each variety and each parcel has been vinified separately. Alcohol fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at temperatures between 22-24°C for one week, followed by maceration for a total of about 15-20 days. Maloactic fermentation was done in oak barriques (70% new) in the cellar at a controlled temperature for a period of 18 months. After the first 12 months, assembly was done, and the wine that was obtained was then poured back into the barriques where it spent 6 more months. The wine stays in the bottle for 12 more months before being brought onto the market.

TASTING NOTES

Cristiano Cini, AIS’s Best Italian Sommelier in 2010 and owner of the Arezzo restauant La Nuova Tagliatella, says:
The inviting colour giving Coldipietrerosse ruby tones with shades of violet underscores an enviable chromatic richness accompanied by a brightness surprising for a hot area like Val di Cornia. To the nose it shows breadth and decisiveness. It expresses itself in a “broad range,” releasing, in excellent temporal succession, hints of blackberry, plum, blueberry, and cherry; the fruity expression is clearly reminiscent of voluptuous flesh, flowery with dried violet, a mineral touch of graphite, and a spicy finish on the nose, hinting of liquorice, cocoa, and sweet tobacco smoke. Tasting is the best part, and it is here that Coldipietrerosse changes gear, saluting and explosively surpassing entry, having completely filled the palate with an enveloping embrace sustained by the alcohol content – considerable, but supported by the dry extract, and thus providing only positive connotations of softness. There is an interesting contribution of a discrete freshness that is the main player in the continuity of flavour development and mouth closure, where the silky, round tannins leave a touch of class. The wine is striking for the intelligent and never overpowering use of wood; for its overall harmony and balance; for its surely generous volume and concentration; for the length and flavourfulness that end in a warm and fruity finish. It is, in a word, striking.