Sabazio Rosso di Montepulciano DOC from Antinori’s La Braccesca Winery, another great Tuscany wine from Antinori. A lovely fresh, fruity and well balanced red wine.
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|Classification||Rosso di Montepulciano D.O.C.|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Grapes||85% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese clone) and 15% Merlot|
|Maturation||In stainless steel tanks for about four months.|
|Pairs with||Red meat, game, pasta dishes or medium-aged cheeses. Serve at 18-20 C.|
The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member, of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri”, the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild. All throughout its history, twenty-six generations long, the Antinori family has managed the business directly making innovative and sometimes bold decisions while upholding the utmost respect for traditions and the environment.
The Sabazio Rosso di Montepulciano is primarily made from Prugnolo Gentile grapes (the local clone of Sangiovese) growing at around 280 meters above sea level. The grapes for were hand picked around mid-September. After a seven day fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine went into large oak casks where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation and began an ageing period which lasted approximately four months. The wine was then prepared for bottling. The weather of the growing season gave wines with more fragrance and fruit than body, and the fermentation sought to bring out the first rather than the second set of characteristics.
Colour: A brilliant ruby red
Bouquet: The nose is struck by the fresh floral and fruity notes of violets and red currants.
Taste: It is elegant and silky with a sweet and fruity finish which brings back the aromas first felt on the nose.
Longevity 5-10 years