Casasole Orvieto Classico DOC Amabile 2016
BLEND: typical white Tuscan and Umbrian grape varieties
The climate of the 2016 vintage was initially characterized by temperatures above seasonal averages and by scarce rainfall. The abundant rainfall of February and March, instead, allowed reserves of ground water in the soil to be replenished before a cool spring during which bud burst and flowering took place slightly earlier than unusual.
Early summer was somewhat rainy for the season, and temperatures were low as well, leading to a slight slowdown in the growth and development of the vines. In late June, instead, a warm summer with useful temperature swings between daytime heat and evening and nighttime coolness, began, a fundamental element for the quality of the 2016 vintage.
Good weather in September and October aided an excellent ripening of the grapes and led to the production of fresh and fragrant wines.
FERMENTATION AND AGING:
The Procanico and Grechetto grapes were given a soft destemming and pressing. The must was chilled to a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) in order to assist a natural static settling of impurities. After racking, the must went into stainless steel fermenting tanks where it fermented at temperatures held to a maximum of 64° Fahrenheit (18° centigrade). The fermentation was halted by a sudden chilling of the must down to as low as 32° Fahrenheit (0° centigrade) in order to leave a certain quantity of residual sugar in the finished wine. The wine with its sugars was then filtered and conserved at low temperatures before bottling.
The “classic” Santa Cristina, first produced in1946, has now, 60 years after the first commercial release, found its “home” in the Santa Cristina cellars in the Tuscan town of Cortona, located in the region’s southeast. Since the year 2009, the line has been enlarged to include a Santa Cristina Bianco (white) and a Santa Cristina Rosato (rosé). The care and attention in both the vineyard and the cellars have led Santa Cristina to become a reference point name for connoisseurs and for a larger public as well.
A straw yellow in color, the wine offers intense aromas with the fruity notes of Golden Delicious apples and bananas typical of Procanico and Grechetto grapes. It is lightly sweet on the palate, and its delicate freshness adds additional drinking pleasure to the wine.