Aleatico

The Wine

Aleatico, a very old grape variety and also the name of a traditional Tuscan sweet dessert wine, develops a unique varietal expression in this area that stands out for its strong identity and a soft, balanced palate. Part of the harvest is vinified immediately while the other part is left to air dry to concentrate aromas. The result is a pleasant expression of freshness and structure while preserving the richness of the variety’s typical floral and spicy aromas.

Aleatico

The Wine

Aleatico, a very old grape variety and also the name of a traditional Tuscan sweet dessert wine, develops a unique varietal expression in this area that stands out for its strong identity and a soft, balanced palate. Part of the harvest is vinified immediately while the other part is left to air dry to concentrate aromas. The result is a pleasant expression of freshness and structure while preserving the richness of the variety’s typical floral and spicy aromas.

Aleatico

Winter weather was characterized by lower-than-average temperatures and lack of rainfall, followed by a mild spring season with scattered rain showers. These climatic conditions guaranteed normal bud break and flowering of Aleatico berries. Summer, dominated by hot dry weather, was a real challenge in the vineyards, but the vines responded quite well to water stress thanks to the area’s volcanic soils. This particular type of soil is highly microporous and is able to guarantee the right amount of water resources to encourage and promote normal vine development and growth. Rain showers at the end of August lowered temperatures leading to a slow, optimal ripening phase. Harvesting activities began the first week of September and 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 and aromatic intensity of the Aleatico grape variety.

During harvesting operations, the grapes were divided into two parts: one part was immediately fermented while the other was left to desiccate in well ventilated drying rooms for approximately one month in order to increase aromatic concentration levels and enhance structure. Both lots underwent the same fermentation process. After a gentle crushing, the must was transferred into stainless steel tanks where maceration on the skins lasted for approximately one week to extract aromatic compounds and its characteristic color. Fermentation was conducted at a controlled temperature that did not exceed 20 °C (68 °F) and was halted by rapidly lowering the temperature once optimal sugar concentration levels were reached. The wine was aged at a controlled low temperature until bottling.

The Aldobrandesca farm is situated near the historic hamlet of Sovana in southern Tuscany. The first vintage to be produced was the 1997. This wine is distinguished by its personality, its drinking pleasure, and by the typical aromatic richness of its nose and palate.

Aleatico is a bright wine that is ruby red in color. The nose is impressively delicate with notes of wild roses that merge with fruity aromas of cherries and plums. The palate is remarkable for its unique balance between sweetness and freshness, the finish is dominated by typical varietal notes of roses.

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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