A 2018

Climate

The 2018 vintage experienced below average winter temperatures, frequent rain showers and a day of snow in February. These climatic conditions replenished groundwater reserves in the soil, which together with spring’s warm temperatures, favored early bud break and flowering of the Aleatico vine the third week of May. The entire vegetative cycle was accompanied by beautiful summer weather with high temperatures contributing to an excellent fruit set. At the end of August, lower temperatures and some sporadic rain showers slowed down the ripening process. Aleatico was harvested during the third week of September, slightly later than average. Harvesting was done in progressive stages as we repeatedly returned to the vineyards to select only the finest ripest berries that could fully express the character of this grape variety.

Vinification

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

Tasting Notes

“A” 2018 is bright with a refreshing pale coral rose color On the nose it is remarkable for its intensity, typical floral notes of roses that merge with pleasing aromas of red berries. The palate surprises with its characteristic freshness and persistence, marked by an excellent finish rich in flavors and notes of red berries.

Awards

Falstaff 91/100 GER    

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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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