Poggio alle Nane

The Wine

Poggio alle Nane is a blend of the finest Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of Carménère grapes that express the unique terroir of one of the estate’s very best vineyards. Poggio alle Nane is a wine of great aromatic complexity with an elegant tannic structure.

Historical Data

The Le Mortelle estate is located in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, a mere few miles from the town of Castiglione della Pescaia in an extraordinarily fascinating position both in terms the nature which surrounds it and the history of the site. The Antinori family has always been present in the area - a property act of the year 1863 mentions among their possession Poggio Franco, one of the estate’s finest vineyards, along with other parcels of land. The Antinori, ever since 1999, has worked on the vineyards and the cellar with the firm conviction that the area, an emerging one in the overall panorama of Italian wine, has a major potential for the production of fine wine and that here it would be possible to express the characteristics both of the territory and the varieties to be cultivated. The property extends over a total of some 675 acres, over 425 of which are planted to vines, first Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, then more recent additions of such white grapes as Viognier, Ansonica, and Vermentino together a small amount of Carménère. The soil, of medium texture, is composed principally of clay and silica and is, in certain parts, rather rocky as well. Poggio alle Nane is a blend of the finest Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of Carménère grapes that express the unique terroir of one of the estate’s very best vineyards. Poggio alle Nane is a wine of great aromatic complexity with an elegant tannic structure.

Poggio alle Nane 2013

The Wine

Poggio alle Nane is a blend of the finest Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of Carménère grapes that express the unique terroir of one of the estate’s very best vineyards. Poggio alle Nane is a wine of great aromatic complexity with an elegant tannic structure.

Poggio alle Nane 2013

The 2013 vintage was characterized by a rainy winter which provided useful reserves of ground water for the growing season; it was followed by cool spring which caused a slight delay in bud burst. A mild and sunny summer led to regular plant growth and development. A rise in temperatures in September helped the grapes to ripen well and fully bring out aroma, elegance of tannins, and freshness of flavor. The Cabernet Franc was the first variety to be picked at the end of September, and the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest followed immediately in the first week of October.

The grapes, selected with care and picked by hand into small packing cases, were selected a second time on sorting tables in the cellar before being destemmed and lightly pressed. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 82° Fahrenheit (28° centigrade), and the period of skin contact lasted a total of 20 days, during which soft extraction techniques assured both structure and supple tannins. After being run off its skins the wine went into French oak barrels (50% new), where it then went through a complete malolactic fermentation. A 14 month period of oak aging in barrel preceded bottling.

The Le Mortelle estate is located in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, a mere few miles from the town of Castiglione della Pescaia in an extraordinarily fascinating position both in terms the nature which surrounds it and the history of the site. The Antinori family has always been present in the area - a property act of the year 1863 mentions among their possession Poggio Franco, one of the estate’s finest vineyards, along with other parcels of land. The Antinori, ever since 1999, has worked on the vineyards and the cellar with the firm conviction that the area, an emerging one in the overall panorama of Italian wine, has a major potential for the production of fine wine and that here it would be possible to express the characteristics both of the territory and the varieties to be cultivated. The property extends over a total of some 675 acres, over 425 of which are planted to vines, first Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, then more recent additions of such white grapes as Viognier, Ansonica, and Vermentino together a small amount of Carménère. The soil, of medium texture, is composed principally of clay and silica and is, in certain parts, rather rocky as well. Poggio alle Nane is a blend of the finest Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of Carménère grapes that express the unique terroir of one of the estate’s very best vineyards. Poggio alle Nane is a wine of great aromatic complexity with an elegant tannic structure.

The nose opens with notes of spice and toasted oak fused with aromas of berry fruit, liquorice and violets. The flavors are full and supple with a sweet aftertaste of ripe red berry fruit. This is an elegant blend of Cabernet with a notable persistence and a pleasurable finish characterized by notes of dark chocolate and tobacco.

Fattoria Le Mortelle

Fattoria Le Mortelle

The Mortelle estate is in the heart of Maremma in Tuscany, near the town of Castiglione della Pescaia set in an extraordinary and fascinating position both for the territory’s unparalleled natural beauty and its historical heritage and culture. The Antinori family has been part of this territory for generations. Evidence of ownership of land in this area is recorded on a property deed dated 1863. It states their ownership of Poggio Franco, one of the best vineyards on the estate, together with other parcels of land. Since 1999, when the property was acquired, the family has dedicated their efforts to improving the vineyards and building the new winery with the firm belief that this area, slowly emerging on the Italian viticultural horizon, has great potential for the production of high quality wines. Varieties grown in this area can fully express their own characteristics as well as the exceptional qualities of the terroir. The property extends over an area of 270 hectares (667 acres) 170 of which (420 acres) are planted with vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and other more recently planted vineyards with white grape varieties such as Vermentino, Ansonica, Viognier and a small parcel of Carménère. The soil is of medium consistency, sandy and loamy composed of clay and silica and in some parts of the estate is rich in rocky deposits.

Soil

Soil

Sandy loamy soil, predominantly siliceous-clay composition with abundant fine gravel.

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