Rosso di Montalcino 2008

Rosso di Montalcino 2008



The year 2008 began with a lot of rain during the spring that continued until mid-June, leading to some problems for plant development; flowering, later than usual by some days, took place at the beginning of June, while the setting took longer than normal because the weather was too cool and damp. The month of July was hotter than average, while August was as expected, and with the grapes beginning to darken at the beginning of the month, we arrived to September with the grapes fully darkened. September was a good month, with little rain and temperatures in the average. The grapes were healthy and well-arranged on the plant, the result of an accurate selection of the
bunches, and arrived at maturation within the average of past years. The harvest took place on 6-7 October. Once in the cantina, the grapes were found to have a good sugar content and an acidity that was above average with respect to past years. All told, it was a good year for the Sanlorenzo vineyard. The red wine Rosso di Montalcino Doc Sanlorenzo comes from the youngest vineyard on the farm, which opens like an amphitheatre towards the Orcia River valley and the sea. The land is generally clayey and rocky, and the special microclimate at over 400 meters above sea level gives the Sangiovese Grosso cultivated in these vineyards an especially delicate flavour. Vinified in steel vats at controlled temperatures, this wine is then aged for 12 months in wooden barrels of various sizes to reach an optimum equilibrium. Sixteen months of work in the cantina is completed with a final aging of at least 3 months in the bottle, to bring to the glass a wine that is very fruity and delicate, but which has considerable body. The fresh aromas of ripe cherries and the pleasant underlying traces of wood make it balanced and elegant to the taste, and give it a distinguished flavour.
Harvest date:  6-7 October.
Production: about 4 to 6 tons of grapes per hectar
Ageing: old barriques
Average production per year: 6-8 000 bottles
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