Toscana – Indicazione Geografica Tipica (Typical Geographical Indication)
The 2017 vintage, from the climatic point of view, was marked by weather which was, on the whole, hot and dry, with some occasional but important episodes of rainfall. These conditions led to an early bud burst in the vineyard and an anticipation of all the subsequent phases of vine growth and development which followed. The picking started earlier than in 2016 with a Merlot harvest which began in late August, while the Sangiovese and Syrah were picked in early September. The quantity of grapes produced was quite low, but the quality level was very high.
Fermentation and Aging
The grape varieties were fermented separately. After destemming and a soft pressing, the grapes were macerated on their skins for approximately one week in stainless steel tanks. During this phase, the wine finished its fermentation at a temperature held to a maximum of 77° Fahrenheit (25° centigrade). The wine was then racked and terminated its malolactic fermentation by the end of the year. The wine aged for a few months in small oak barrels and began to be bottled in November of 2018.
The ancient town of Cortona rises on a high hill not far from the cities of Siena and Perugia. On one side the wide plain, on the other side the hill and its hamlet. This is the view which can be enjoyed from the Santa Cristina cellars, constructed in 2006 to confirm and renew the tradition of the wine of the same name, first produced in the year 1946. Over time, Santa Cristina has become a reference point for connoisseurs, and not merely these consumers, thanks a constant commitment to high quality. The care and attention always given to both the vineyard work and the work in the cellar have been the stimulus for constant innovation and for measuring professional work and capacities with both native and international grape varieties. The result has been the creation of a family of wines, all different from one another but distinguished by the same artisan style, fruit of the indissoluble link between the vineyard, the terroir, and human contributions and input. The Santa Cristina Rosso sinks its roots into both tradition and daily life, it is a wine capable of expressing the typicality of Tuscany in a supple, ample, and inviting style.
Santa Cristina offers a red color with purple highlights. The nose snows notes of ripe cherries, typical aromas both of Sangiovese and of Syrah well integrated with the balsamic sensation of mint which characterize Merlot. Pleasurable sensations of vanilla and coffee complete the bouquet. The palate is soft and ample with a fruity finish and aftertaste.
Wine Spectator – Top 10 Elegant Reds 2017 – Santa Cristina IGT 2015
Wine Spectator – 90/100 – Santa Cristina IGT 2016
James Suckling – 90/100 – Santa Cristina IGT 2015