Alte d`Altesi Toscana IGT 2010

Altesino

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The name of the wine, which translates to "highest in Altesi," refers to the fact that the grapes for this wine are sourced from some of the estate's highest vineyards. This wine is made from a blend of equal parts Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, all of which are hand-harvested in September. The wine is then aged for 12-14 months in French oak barriques. 

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red in color, aromas of dried black cherries and violet petals complement undertones of forest floor and leather. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and well-structured with persistent berry flavors on the finish. 

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with wild rice and beef casserole, herb-roasted pork tenderloin, or duck breast in raspberry coulis.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The Altesino vineyard
Vineyard size:
25 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous and Silty Sandy-Loam
Training method:
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation:
925 feet
Vines/acre:
1,800-2,000
Yield/acre:
2.8 tons
Exposure:
Southwestern
Year vineyard planted:
1999
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
1980
Bottles produced of this wine:
7,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
34% Sangiovese, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 33% Merlot
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
15-20 days
Fermentation temperature:
82-86 °F
Maceration technique:
Cold Soak Maceration; Racking, Pumpovers, and Aeration
Length of maceration:
1-2 days; 7-10 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
One-Three years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
12-14 months
Length of bottle aging:
3 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.0 %
pH level:
3.9
Residual sugar:
1.8 g/L
Acidity:
4.7 g/L
Dry extract:
31.9 g/L

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