(2011 Vintage) The grape harvest usually begins in the middle of September, when the Syrah and Merlot are picked, and is completed at the beginning of October, with the Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each of the four different grape-varieties used in the blend – Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah – is fermented separately in order to preserve their individual characteristics. Before blending, the wine is aged for a short period of time in French oak barriques which have already been used once before, in the traditional large Slavonian oak barrels and in stainless steel tanks, to soften the tannins and harmonise the different flavours of each grape-variety.
Wine Enthusiast(2011 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 10/01/2013
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/2011
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/20/2014