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Leone Rosso by the Lioness Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Leone Rosso by the Lioness Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Leone Rosso Orcia Doc in a roaring new version. Harmonic, full, extremely pleasant and elegant is the perfect example of the 2013 harvest here in the DOC Orcia

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Leone Rosso harvest 2013 - grapes selection

Leone Rosso harvest 2013 – grapes selection

This wine Leone Rosso owes its name to the blazon which belonged to Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors, the Socinis, and old family ,who in 1592 built Fattoria del Colle which is where this wine comes from. Among the Socinis there were 5 heretics. Two of which –Lelio and Fausto – were particularly important opponents of the Catholic church and for this reason were excommunicated. Fattoria del Colle was confiscated and only in 1919 it was bought back by a Socini, great-grandfather to the present owner Donatella Cinelli Colombini.

Today the estate covers 336 hectares of which 17 of vineyard for the production of Chianti DOCG and Orcia DOC. This last denomination was created in the year 2000 in the beautiful and intact territory in southern Tuscany between the more famous Brunello and Vino Nobile territories.

The 2013 harvest has been described by Prof Attilio Scienza as “old style” with lower temperatures than in the previous years, soil plentiful of humidity and a traditionally long vegetative cycle that makes longer lasting more complex wines. The harvest was not very plentiful but excellent for those like Donatella Cinelli Colombini picked before the arrival of the rainfalls.

Merlot 2013 harvest Fattoria del Colle

Merlot 2013 harvest Fattoria del Colle

Type: dry red.
Production area: Toscana, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle
Vintage characteristics: very rainy winter and spring, the rainiest in the last 50 years. This disturbed the transformation from flower to fruit and reduced the size of the grape clusters. The colouring of the grapes was very long and took all of the month of August.
Grape type: Sangiovese 60%, Merlot 40%
Grape harvest: the Merlot was picked between Septermber 10th and 15th, the Sangiovese from October 20th to 5th. The grapes were hand-picked and transported to the winery in 20 Kg crates in less than half an hour. After being de-stemmed the best grapes were chosen on a sorting table and then were sent to the stainless steel temperature controlled vats.
Vinification: the vinification lasted 14 days and was regular and delicate so as to preserve the varietal characteristics of the grapes.
Barrel ageing: 8 months in French oak tonneaux
Quantity produced: 10.000 bottles
Colour: intense and brilliant ruby red
Aroma: full, net, with hints of red berries and jam, the spicy notes come from the barrel ageing.
Taste: medium build, soft tannins and an excellent balance between acidity, fruit and alcohol. Pleasantly long and sapid finish.
Analysis: alcool 13.20 %vol, ac. Tot 5.72 g/l, ac. Volatile 0.55 g/l, estratto 28 g/l, so2 tot 90 mg/l
Serve with: apt for the whole meal, perfect for tasty soups, it is exquisitely matched with meats, cold cuts and aged cheeses.
Way of serving: room temperature (16-18°C), in crystal tulip shaped wine goblets.
Home ageing: 4/5 years after the harvest. Keep the bottles lying down in a dark and cool place.

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