Will 2012 be Cenerentola's Prince Charming?
The top wine at Fattoria del Colle from a 5 star vintage, arrives full of elegant lushness just like a real princess form the DOC Orcia
The 2012 harvest was the scarcest harvest ever at Fattoria del Colle. Few clusters, small but of high quality that were practically all used or the most important wines:
Cenerentola DOC Orcia and the Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT.
2012 was an odd year; the winter was dry regardless of the heavy snowfalls and the very hot summer, without rain, until September. To help the vines put up with the hydro stress the grapes were which were already scarce where diminished through pruning. In the end in the
Fattoria del Colle vineyards there was less than half the usual amount of grapes, but with anthocyanins and tannins – the noble substances – so abundant and soluble to give the wine a an opulent and rewarding lushness. Cenerentola 2012 is a very pleasant young wine and it will age for decades
This wine is made with grapes from two local varieties from Tuscany, Sangiovese and Foglia Tonda. This latter is an old variety that was abandoned about a century ago when the farmers we too poor to wan to thin out the grapes, and wanted to leave them all on the vine, but at harvest they were not all ripe. Thanks to Vitarium in the Regione Toscana, who supplied us with the cuttings for the first grafting, for the past 15 years we have cultivated two vineyards wog Foglia Tonda and have learned to love and emphasize this variety. Its wines are powerful and apt to be united with Sangiovese which on the other hand is a champion in elegance.
The reason behind the strange name of this wine is in its history. The DOC Orcia wine region was created on February 14th 2000 in a territory in Southern Tuscany, between Brunello and Vino Nobile. So it was the youngest appellation with two rich and famous sisters just like Cinderella in the fairytale. Let’s hope that our Cinderella finds her prince charming. Might it be the 2012?
Type: dry red
Production area: Toscana, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle vineyards.
Vintage characteristics: Winter, spring and summer all very dry. The rainfalls arrived only in September and in so lengthening the last part of vegetative cycle. In this decisive period the temperatures decreased especially by night offering ideal conditions for the harvest.
Grape types: 65% Sangiovese (Brunello), 35% Foglia Tonda.
Grape harvest: The grapes were handpicked and reached the winery quickly in their crates .Excellent poliphenolic extraction, the seeds were totally lignified.
Vinification: fermentation in stainless steel temperature controlled vats for 15days.
Ageing: 12 months in 5-7 hl French oak tonneaux and small barrels.
Quantity produced: 6.600 bottles
Colour: dark, brilliant ruby red
Aroma: fine, rich and intense, and complex with a presence both of fruity elements –which recall small red fruits – and spicy notes.
Taste: full, harmonious, lengthy and fine. A material full of soft tannins and a good balance between acidity and opulent frit.
Serve with: may be served with important meat and aged cheeses.
Way of serving: Serve at room temperature (18-20 °C) in crystal balloon shaped wine goblets.
Home ageing: 10/20 years. Keep the bottles lying down in a cool dark place