Hand harvested and selected from 30-40 year old pergola and 8-10 year old guyot vines on the Squarano Estate. The grapes are carefully hand selected and then placed on the traditional wooden plateaux and left to rest for 120 days, drying and concentrating all the elements. The wine making takes place with the greatest respect for the grapes using a combination of traditional and innovative techniques. The grapes are de-stemmed and soft pressed in January, maceration with daily periodic pump overs follow for 30 days. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Ageing takes place for 48 months in French oak 500 liter tonneaux and barriques and a further 8-12 months in the bottle.
Intense ruby red color with garnet reflections. The bouquet is complex with ripe red fruit, earthy notes and slight hints of spice. Wonderful and sublime taste of vanilla and sweet cinnamon. The palate has elegant Corvina tannins, with savoriness and long lasting softness. Complex and rich with ripened red fruit and oak hints, full-bodied and elegant. Spiciness and more complexity will come with ageing.
94 Points – Hot Wines – Wine Spectator, December 2015