Ventaglio’s superior complexity and structure, balanced by undeniable elegance, represent the utmost expression of Cabernet Franc in Bolgheri. All work on the green vines and harvesting are performed exclusively by hand, minimising treatments and ensuring that all growing methods are oriented toward complete environmental sustainability and maintenance of the soil’s vitality. The “shape of the wine” is a direct result of the shape of the vineyard. The “morning grapes”, “midday grapes” and “evening grapes” are fermented together, summing their differences in aromatic development, ripeness and freshness to create a wine that is more than the sum of its parts, an all-round “collective natural creation” in which all the nuances of the terroir find their proper, balanced expression.
Grapes from the most privileged sections of the Ventaglio vineyard, 120 m above sea level, are harvested by hand in crates and selected on two sorting tables. Whole grapes fall by gravity into two little truncated cone-shaped tanks made of French oak wood, where they are fermented on the skins, alternating daily pumping over and manual punching down of the cap for 25 days at a controlled temperature of 28 to 30° C. The wine is then poured into barriques and tonneaux of French and Austrian oak, some of which are new, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged in oak and then in the bottle before it is sold.
120 m. asl
Southwest / Northeast
Yield per hectare
A rather mild winter, with sufficient rains. Budbreak came early, and springtime was characterized by humidity. With the arrival of summer - warm, bright, and particularly dry - the growing period was slowed, favoring a thickening of the skins around the grapes, an accumulation of tannins and a rapid maturation of the seeds. In the Bolgheri area, the warm, dry temperatures extended through September, with a period of abundant rain that helped the Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the highest vineyards to produce grapes with an exalted richness and maturity. Today, the 2016 vintage - particularly dense and balanced - enters into the echelons of the decade’s greatest vintages, along with 2010, 2012 and 2015.