San Giocondo 2015
Tasting notes: An full, deep ruby red in color with purple highlights. The intense aromas express floral notes, violets and roses, and such red berry fruit as raspberries and blackberries. The palate is supple and balanced with a long and persistent aftertaste which brings back the fruity notes first felt on the nose.
Alcohol by volume: 12% vol.
Blend of grapes: Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo with small percentages of other red grape verieties
The 2015 vintage, from the climatic point of view, was characterized by low rainfall, sun, and heat. The growth and development of the vines and grapes were regular thanks both to the rainwater accumulated in the soil during the winter months and to the favorable temperatures. From mid-July all the way through the month of August, high temperatures slowed the ripening process which otherwise would have been completed well in advance of the standard period. Thanks to this climate during the growing season, the harvest took place in a normal moment and with proper ripeness levels. The grapes, in general, showed high levels of sugar and a somewhat low acidity. The picking of the Sangiovese and the Ciliegiolo for the production of the wine began on September 4th.
The majority of the grapes were given a whole-grape, carbonic maceration fermentation, while the rest were given a traditional three to four day fermentation to assist the extraction of color and minimize the extraction of tannins. The must was then run off its skins and finished its fermentation in stainless steel tanks at temperatures held to a maximum of 64° Fahrenheit (18° centigrade). The wine was then racked and put through a malolactic fermentation which was completed before the end of October. The wine was bottled on October 19th.