Terroir: “Vigna Monticchio,” 35-acre hillside vineyard at about 885 ft. with western exposure. Located on the Brufa hillside which has significant variety of soils, layers of clay alternate with sandy layers, the latter being more frequent at the mid- and lower-hill.
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel with 25-28 days of maceration on the skins. Aged in oak barriques and barrels for 12 months followed by a light filtering – bottle refined for five years. Limited production of 40,000 bottles.
Overall, a harvest with good quantities (similar to the 2004); the end of July and August had very little precipitation and temperatures were never too high. At the end of August and in the first 10 days of September, however, a great increase in temperature accelerated ripening and resulted in a sharp recovery with respect to the 2008 harvest.
September experienced some rain-showers which contributed to re-aligning the temperatures and a slight adjustment of maturation in the late-ripening varieties; October was fantastic, with dry weather and summer-like temperatures until the 23rd.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
Score: 91 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Ian D'Agata
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