Grapes : Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 10%, Petit-Verdot 5%
Vintage : 2008
Bottle : 75 cl
Region/Origin: I.G.T. - Indicazione Geografica Tipica - Rosso di Toscana - (Toscana I.G.T.) Location: 120 m above sea level, exposition South/South-West Training system: Spurred Cordon Vine density per hectare: between 3.600 and 4.200 plants/ha Harvest: From September 5 for the Merlot and from October 1 for Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit-Verdot. Sugar level at harvest: 255 g/l Fermentation: In stainless steel vats at 31-32°C, 16 days for the Merlot and 20 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Malolactic fermentation for about one month. Aging: The wine was aged separately in French oak barrels from Allier/Troncais for 18 months Bottling: March 2010 Alcohol: 14,5% vol.Total Acid: 5,90 g/l
Product by: Castello del Terriccio
In this hilly territory viticulture dates back to the time of the Etruscans,who between 800 and 500 BC dominated this area of Tuscany, chiefly mining for its abundant minerals (many archaeological remains have been found on the property). The Castle of Doglia, known as Terriccio,which dates back to the Middle Ages was strategically built on a hilltop because it was used as a tower for transmitting signals to the inhabitants in the low lying areas, giving them time to hide in the fortified castle when Saracenian sails were sighted. The Castello del Terriccio (Castle of the land) therefore dates back roughly 1000 years. Between the 13th and 14th century the bishop ofPisa, nephew to Pope Bonifacio VIII, in the name of the church gave the property in "emphyteusis" (a kind of low rent lease coupled with the right of assignment and the obligation to care for the property) to the Counts of Gaetani. At the end of the 18th century this branch of the Gaetanifamily was without an heir and Terriccio was purchased by Prince Poniatowski, an émigré or noble refugee from Poland, who owned the property until World War I. The Poniatowski family transformed the castle from its original function as a fortress into an agricultural complex designating land into farmland and deciding which lands where to be used for the cultivation of grain, olives and grapes, all which were the local produce of this area. This family also constructed the wine cellars, barns and farmhouses.
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