(1999 Vintage) The vineyard which produces this wine was planted in 1991 with Merlot, Cabernet, Sangiovese and Syrah with the intention of expressing an affirmation of the highest quality from the Bordelaise Varietals planted in Bolgheri, combined with the elegance and round softness which can be derived from Sangiovese and Syrah, planted in this hot Mediterranean climate. The grapes are harvested in full maturity : first the Merlot ( in the beginning of September ), then Syrah, Sangiovese and finally Cabernet. The fermentation and maceration of each variety is handled separately in wooden barrels with the cap pushed down daily. This takes place over a period of twenty days. Immediately following the pressing, the wines are placed into barriques as well as larger wooden barrels, where upon the assemblage is eventually created. The wine rests for a period of twelve months.
Wine Spectator(2000 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/02.