A 2015

Climate

The 2015 vintage was initially characterized by a cold and damp winter. Low temperatures and abundant rainfall slightly slowed winter pruning operations, which terminated during the first week of March. Ample groundwater in the soil and the rising temperatures registered during the month of April contributed to an excellent bud burst and vegetative growth of the vines. The spring months were followed by a typically Mediterranean summer with high daytime temperatures and very little rainfall along with important temperature swings between daytime heat and evening and nighttime coolness. These factors, together, led rapidly to a perfect ripening of the grapes for the production of “A” and an early harvest, which took place during the second week of September.

Vinification

The grapes come from vineyards selected and managed exclusively for the production of “A”. After the handpicking in successive passages through the vineyard, the grapes were destemmed and given a soft pressing. The must and skins remained in contact with one another at low temperatures for approximately 4-6 hours. This brief cold maceration favored the extraction of color and the more delicate aromatic components, thereby achieving a fresh must without astringent notes but with much aromatic character. The must then went into small stainless steel tanks where it fermented at a temperature of 61° Fahrenheit (16° centigrade). After the end of the fermentation the wine remained on its fine lees until bottling.

Tasting Notes

A brilliant light pink in color, the wine first shows elegant floral notes of roses which then give way to more fragrant aromas of red berries and citrus fruit. Flavors of much finesse fuse with fruity notes and contribute to an excellent length and persistence.

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The Wine

“A” represents the Antinori family’s challenge to produce a rosé wine of unquestionable quality made with the utmost care and passion that come from their love for this territory rich in charm and history and from a very old and traditional grape variety. The strong identity of Aleatico, an aromatic grape grown on soils of volcanic origin, produces a fascinating wine that is delicate and extraordinarily elegant.

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The 2022 growing season started off with very cold winter weather and copious rain showers especially during the month of January. These climatic conditions lasted until March causing the vines to reawaken from dormancy later than usual. Springtime came a little later than in previous years and was defined by temperate weather with higher-than-average temperatures favoring normal bud break and optimal flowering and fruit set of Aleatico berries. A typical hot Mediterranean summer followed with very limited rainfall ensuring a slow, gradual ripening phase that produced healthy clusters of fragrant, perfectly ripe fruit. Harvesting of Aleatico for “A” was done in progressive stages between the second and third weeks of September.

Immediately upon arrival in the cellar, grapes harvested from Aleatico vineyards exclusively to produce “A” were destemmed and delicately crushed. The skins were left in contact with the must for cold maceration for a period of about 4 to 6 hours to allow for the extraction of color and the most delicate aromatic components, preserving the grape variety’s characteristic freshness and aromatic profile. The must was transferred into stainless steel vats for alcoholic fermentation at a controlled temperature of 16 °C (61 °F). “A” was aged in stainless steel vats until bottling.

“A” represents the Antinori family’s challenge to produce a rosé wine of unquestionable quality made with the utmost care and passion that come from their love for this territory rich in charm and history and from a very old and traditional grape variety. The strong identity of Aleatico, an aromatic grape grown on soils of volcanic origin, produces a fascinating wine that is delicate and extraordinarily elegant.

“A” 2021 is a pale coral rose color. Aromatic intensity on the nose is outstanding: floral notes of roses, typical of this grape variety, mingle with fragrant sensations of apricots, raspberries, and lychees.  The palate is fresh and savory accompanied by fruit flavors that define this well-balanced and elegant Rosato.

Fattoria Aldobrandesca

Fattoria Aldobrandesca

The Fattoria Aldobrandesca estate is located in the southern part of Tuscan Maremma, in the center of what is known as “the Etruscan Tuff zone”. Maremma is often associated with its coastline, flat lands, pine tree forests, horses and local cowboys called “butteri”. The Fattoria Aldobrandesca estate is in rural Maremma located inland in an area known as the Tuff Area. Ancient civilizations built fascinating medieval fortresses and settlements on steep tuff bluffs that today are open-air museums. Small characteristic towns carved out of tuff stone in this area are Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana. The vineyards rise on the slopes of a spur of tuff where the hilltop town of Sovana is located, surrounded by a beautiful landscape of incredible natural beauty, rich in architectural heritage.

Soil

Soil

Open terrain, volcanic in origin with tufaceous subsoils.

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