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.
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.
The spring saw significant rainfall. In the months of March, April and May alone, around 420 mm of rainfall was recorded, more than double in comparison with the same period of the previous year. Sprouting of new shoots on the vines finished in the second week of April, in line with the Pomino average, while flowering came slightly earlier than expected. The véraison of the vines began in the second half of July. The alternation of sun and light summer rainfall enabled the Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco grapes to reach excellent ripeness. The temperature changes during harvest helped combine the aromas and maintain the freshness typical of Castello di Pomino grapes.
As soon as the grapes arrive in the cellar, they, and the resulting must, have the least contact with oxygen possible. The pressing cycles are chosen to allow for a gentle extraction of the must. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in steel vats with 15% in French oak barriques to add subtle complexity, all at controlled temperatures. At the end of the production process, Pomino Bianco is aged in the bottle for a few months prior to release.
Chardonnay 90%, Pinot Bianco 10%.
A delicate and elegant wine with gentle floral aromas combined with fruity notes of sweet Williams pear, apple, grapefruit and fragrant lemon. Perfectly balanced on the palate, with a lovely freshness underpinning the green fruit flavours through to an aromatic and persistent finish.
ABV = 12.5%.
This 470-hectare estate is located northeast of Siena in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the southern border of the Chianti Classico zone. Fèlsina epitomises the powerful style of southern Chianti, where the wines are stylistically more akin to those from Montalcino than their fellow Chianti from Fontodi or Isole e Olena. Domenico Poggiali bought the estate in 1966. Giuseppe Mazzocolin, son-in-law of Domenico entered the family business in late 1970s and played a significant role in the growth of the winery. Since 1990 Giovanni Poggiali, Domenico's grandson, has joined the management and continues his grandfather's enterprise with the same passion. Giuseppe Mazzocolin is now less involved in the running of the estate, and consultant oenologist Franco Bernabei is very much at the helm of the winemaking team.
The grapes are grown on vineyards covering 4.72 hectares of Chardonnay vines. The training system is Guyot, with 8-14 buds per vine, planted at a density of 5,400 per hectare. Cluster thinning takes place in July in order to reduce yields and increase concentration. The vineyards are situated at approximately 370 metres above sea level and face south/southwest. Soils are sandy with alluvial pebbles. Sistra (sistri) were ancient Egyptian musical instruments linked to the cult of Isis, goddess of agriculture and fertility. The instrument, popular with the Greeks, Romans, and Hebrews, consisted of a horseshoe-shaped frame struck by moveable rods, creating a sound very similar to the German Glockenspiel.
During winter the weather was good, with very little rain and slightly lower than usual average temperatures that helped to combat insect infestations that can damage the vines. Spring was marked by early bud burst, while the frosts that hit various Italian regions did not adversely affect the vegetation. The summer saw sunny days and constant breezes. Early July was marked by relatively elevated humidity for the coastal area. The first significant rainfall occurred in mid-September, followed again by warm, bright days, which create the ideal conditions for a healthy harvest.
Whole-cluster pressing yielded about 60% free-run must, which was then cold-settled and racked. The must then fermented in small barrels where it remained on the lees until March before blending. After blending, it continued to mature until July before bottling.
Deep straw yellow, I Sistri has a classic ripe-fruit Chardonnay nose, with a blend of tropical fruit and vanilla and appealing notes of spice. It displays elegant structure with a fresh acidity and a superb finish.
ABV = 13.5%.
A Florentine family with thirty generations dedicated to the production of great wines across six Tuscan estates. The Frescobaldi style brings together tradition and innovation. With the goal of being the most prestigious Tuscan wine producer, Frescobaldi firmly believes in respecting the local land while focusing on the highest quality grapes for its wines. The Frescobaldis own over 1,000 hectares of vineyard, all located in excellent areas for the production of fine wines. Directly managed by its family members, the Frescobaldi name is deeply connected with the history of art, culture, trade, finance and wine in Italy.
The types of soils found in the vineyard are varied and composite. In some areas the soils are rocky, in some rich in clay, in others sandier, but in general they are rich and well-drained. Winemaking The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity levels. Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats and was then matured for three months in tank to retain the purity of fruit. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation and was made in an unoaked style, resulting in a pure, fresh and aromatic Chardonnay.
On the nose, the wine reveals fresh citrus notes of cedar and lime alongside tropical fruit such as pineapple leading into aromatic herbs and mint. Inviting on the palate with a smooth texture and captivating fruit flavours, giving way to a long and harmonious finish.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine since 1385. This was the date when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. Through the following twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed the winery but always retain a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they operate. Today the firm is run by Albiera Antinori with the support of her sisters Allegra and Alessia. Marquis Piero is now the honorary president of the company. Tradition, passion, and intuition have been the three driving principles which have led the Marquis Antinori firm to become a leader in Italian wine.
The first vintage of the Guado al Tasso estate’s Vermentino was in 1996. The property is located some 50 miles to the southwest of the city of Florence near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri. In the Tuscan Maremma. The estate stretches for approximately 2500 acres (1000 hectares) from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea all the way to the inland hills. In addition to the vineyards, which give the principal crop, there are, in addition, wheat, corn, and sunflower fields and olive groves as well.
Each single vineyard parcel was picked separately on the basis of the ripeness level of their grapes in order to create a vast gamut of individual lots of Vermentino with different aromas and flavors to work with. The grapes were destemmed and given a soft pressing as soon as they arrived in the cellars. The must then went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented at temperatures maintained at 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). The various lots were systematically evaluated and then selected for the final blend. The wine was bottled in January 2018.
this wine is straw yellow in colour with greenish highlights, the wine shows intense and fragrant aromas which recall citrus fruit, candied fruit, and passion fruit. The flavours are well supported by the acidity and by the mineral sensations, which add complexity, length, and persistence.
The wines of Tenuta Ammiraglia represent the Frescobaldi’s expression of modern Tuscan wines: influenced and inspired by the Mediterranean sun, sea and coastal breezes. The modern Ammiraglia winery, designed by the architect Piero Sartogo, is reminiscent of the prow of a ship pointing towards the sea. Perfectly integrated amid the hills and covered with greenery, it combines the most recent technological innovations with respect for the land and surrounding nature. The wines of Tenuta Ammiraglia are distinguished by the freshness, minerality and richness of the fruit.
In the heart of the Maremma is the Tenuta Ammiraglia Estate, where its vineyards draw an evocative geometry on the hills, skimming the nearby Tyrrhenian coast. The vineyards are warmed by the sun, mitigated by the sea's breezes. Enormous yellowish rocks characterise the landscape in which the Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia lies; emerging from the earth they are known as "massi vivi", living rocks, providing the origins of this wine's name.
The grapes went through a partial cryomaceration. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, preserving the aromatics. Maceration lasted for 10 days and the wine did not go through a malolactic fermentation. The wine was then matured for four months in tank and one month in bottle before release.
Massovivo immediately stands out for its delicacy, opening with elegant floral and citrus scents, giving way to notes of ripe white-fleshed fruit and elegant touches of freshly-picked Mediterranean sage. The rich palate is beautifully balanced by vibrancy and freshness.
ABV = 12.5%.