Castello Pomino is the hidden gem of Toscana. Pomino DOC is the highest appellation in Tuscany, with intense sunshine and wide temperature ranges and only one other producer makes wine from this tiny appellation. The wine-making story began in Pomino in the 16th century, but it was in the mid 1800s that Leonia degli Albizzi, wife of Angiolo Frescobaldi brought about significant innovation. Born in Burgundy, she boldly cultivated Chardonnay and Pinot Nero at this high altitude and built the first gravity-fed winery. The vines thrived and the elegant Pomino wines were produced to wide acclaim, first receiving the gold medal at the Paris Expo of 1878. These stylish wines still have a wonderful luminosity, minerality and finesse to this day.
2017 will be remembered as a very dry year, winter and spring saw very little rain at Castello Pomino. With the exception of a crisp January, the temperatures were consistent with seasonal averages. The first buds made their appearance at the end of March. Although the cold (down to 0°C) returned in April, the buds didn’t suffer any damage and began growing rapidly in May leading to the flowering of the buds very early on. The lack of water favoured a healthy ripening of the grapes and véraison began at the beginning of August. Harvest started on 7th August, earlier than usual an in line with the rest of the year’s advanced timings.
The castle of Pomino is found in the Apennine Mountains to the east of Florence. Its vineyard is the highest in Tuscany, at altitudes of up to 737 metres above sea level, and it enjoys a fresh and well-ventilated microclimate. The Frescobaldi family first planted Chardonnay here in 1855. After a century and a half, this variety has found its ideal habitat and produces wines of extraordinary elegance, finesse and minerality. The current vines have an average age of 21 years and are grown in sandy, clay soils of good depth.
75% of the harvest was fermented in stainless steel vats, followed by four months of maturation in stainless steel to preserve the freshness and purity of fruit. 25% was fermented in French barriques, this smaller proportion underwent a partial malolactic fermentation, followed by maturation in French barriques, lasting for four months.
Chardonnay 90%, Pinot Bianco 7%, other varieties 3%.
A fresh, balanced and generous wine with aromas of white flowers, apple and candied pear. Intense floral aromas combine with fruity notes of sweet Williams pear and fragrant lemon. Perfectly balanced on the palate, with a lovely freshness underpinning the green fruit flavours through to an aromatic and persistent finish.