Vino Novello Toscana IGT (Typical Geographical Indication)
The 2018 vintage was characterized by a slightly late start to vine growth and development, a delay which was already recovered by the early spring bud burst. The subsequent phases of vegetation, flowering and bud set, were regular ones, assisted by mild temperatures and the excellent reserves of ground water accumulated during a springtime which was, on the whole, rather rainy. The frequent precipitation which continued until early July was followed by a sunny summer which lasted until mid-August but without excessive temperature peaks. The final fifteen days of the month saw occasional rainfall which was then followed by days of excellent weather with warm temperatures during September. The picking of the San Giocondo grapes took place from September 5th on.
A large part of the grape berries were given a carbonic maceration treatment while a smaller part was fermented traditionally, but with a mere three to four days of skin contact designed to extract color but minimize the extraction of tannins. The fermented must then went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented at a temperature held to a maximum of 60° Fahrenheit (18° centigrade) the wine then, by the first days of October, completed its malolactic fermentation, San Giocondo was bottled during the final ten days of October, 2018.
San Giocondo shows a ruby red color with purplish highlights. The intense nose is characterized by floral notes, violets and roses, and such red berry fruit as raspberries and blackberries. The palate is soft and balanced and enjoys a pleasurable aftertaste of the red fruit first felt on the noseanced with a long and persistent aftertaste which bri