Lavinia Maria 2012

Intense ruby red with shades of purple. This wine offers an immediate olfactory dialogue, with no hesitation, lending fruity aromas of plum, blackberry and cassis. A spicy component of black pepper, nutmeg and cloves also dominates, while elegant notes of balsamic, bay leaf, mint, eucalyptus and cypress float on the nose. The palate provides intense fruit defined by plum and blackberry, with excellent body – delicate and elegant.


Cabernet Franc

100%

VINIFICATION


The carefully selected grapes are harvested by hand from the estate’s highest altitude vineyard. Fermentation and maceration ensue with skin contact in stainless steel tanks for about 28039 days at controlled temperatures never exceeding 28-30°C. The wine is then transferred to 225-liter French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais) in which the malolactic fermentation is completed. Aging takes place in barrique and then in bottle before the wine is released to the market.

Vinification

TERROIR


Terroir

Altitude

80/100 m. asl

Vineyard exposure

West

Plant density

6500 Wine grapes/Ha

Yield per hectare

90 quintals Grapes/Ha

Climate


A particularly long, harsh winter hit Bolgheri with occasional snowfall and temperatures below 0°C for over 10 days in Febrauary. The following Spring was characterized by modern temperatures and rainfalls, but no issues with downy mildew or powdery mildew. Starting in June, temperatures increased substantially compared with 2011 reaching normal seasonal averages of 24°C which favored plant development and the onset of fruit. Considerable diurnal temperature changes over the summer months bode well for perfumes and polyphenols in the grapes. Harvest began early and ended early, on October 5, with excellent maturity.