The 2013 vintage was characterized by a cool but mild winter with regular rainfall, then followed by a cool spring, weather which determined a slight delay in the phases of the bud burst and bud set of the Malbéc grapes. A mild summer without peak temperatures assisted a regular development and a steady growth of the vines which, together with the reserves of ground water accumulated in the soil, led to a perfect ripening of the crop both in terms of sugar accumulation and of the structuring and coloring elements of the skins. The crop was harvested during the second half of the month of October.
The grapes, immediately after picking, were first destemmed and given a soft pressing and then went into stainless steel fermenting tanks. Then began a pre-fermentation phase of cold maceration of the must and its skins, chilled to a temperature between 41° and 10° Fahrenheit (5°-9° centigrade) for a period of three to four days to extract the aromatic elements and the coloring material in the skins. The must was then fermented at temperatures held to 86° Fahrenheit (30° centigrade). The fermentation lasted seven days and utilized delicate extraction techniques aimed at round and supple tannins. The wine, after being run off its skins, went into 60 gallon French oak barrels where it was put through a complete malolactic fermentation. The subsequent aging period in barrel lasted ten months, after which the wine was bottled and given a further fourteen months of barrel aging before commercial release.
The Fattoria Aldobrandesca estate, property of the Antinori family, is located in the southern part of the Tuscan Maremma, in the center of what is known as the “Etuscan zone of tufa rock”. This wine is dedicated to the “vie cave”, the “hollow roads”, Etruscan roadways which deeply crisscross the territory of the township of Sovana and reveal ancient travel routes. The wine was created after careful geological and oenological research aimed at fully bringing out the potential of this new variety in the Italian viticultural picture, Malbéc, a French grape which has found in the volcanic soils of the Maremma a new terroir of truly high potential.
The wine is a deep and intense ruby red in color. The nose offers notes of black fruit, well integrated with suggestions of spice and vanilla. The palate is ample, enveloping, and balanced with a good length and persistence. The finish and aftertaste are characterized by notes of blueberries given an additional complexity by hints of coffee and dark chocolate.