Tenuta Belguardo, Tenuta Belguardo 2011

Tenuta Belguardo

2011
Toscana IGT
Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of Cabernet Franc grapes, this powerful and elegant wine is the most important "Cru" of the Estate, the maximum expression of its native exceptional "terroir". Appellation: Maremma Toscana IGT Winery location: Loc. Montebottigli - Commune of Grosseto Grape varieties: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc Alcohol: 13,90% vol. Total acidity: 5,80‰ Vineyards location: 70-130 m (230-426 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp. Soil: Mainly Sandstone Vineyards age: 14 years Training system: Spur cordon-training Nr. of vines per hectare: 6,600 Harvest: Hand picked from Sept. 23th (Cab.Sauvignon), September 14th (Cabernet Franc) Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30° C Period of maceration: 16 days Aging: 18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new) Bottling: June 2013 Available on the market: February 2014 Production: 14,000 bottles Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt First vintage: 2000 Aging potential: Over 20 years Key descriptors: Full and seductive body, dark spice flavors, enveloping and long taste Food pairing: Aged cold cuts, steaks, mildly spicy foods, middle aged cheeses Winter was characterised by an extensive low-pressure area leading to abundant rainfall with temperatures within the average values; the active growth of the vines took place at the right time. The growth of sprouts and their phenological blossoming steps until the fruit setting occurred under optimal conditions. From the middle of May, the average temperatures slightly increased over a period characterised by the lack of rainfall which lasted until the end of September. The harvest began on 25/08 with red grapes, while the first bunches of Sangiovese were picked up on 3/9. The harvest ended on 24/09 with the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The vintage was excellent, with healthy bunches without any rotten part; from a quantitative point of view, the harvest was very good, while the global quality was good. Beginning of the harvest: 25/08 End of the harvest: 24/09 Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 195 mm Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3,985°C Evaluation: Good Wine Spectator93 Pts Vinous (Antonio Galloni)93 Pts The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)92+ Pts Falstaff91 Pts Wine Enthusiast90 Pts Finansavisen86 Pts AIS Vitae4 Glasses
Region
Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Alcohol-abv
13,90%
Reviews

Wine Spectator 93 Points, Robert Parker 92 Points

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93 Points Wine Spectator

92 Points Robert Parker

Tuscany

Tuscany

One of Italy’s most preferred by wine connoisseurs, the region of Tuscany is probably only rivalled for its prestige by Piedmont, in the north. Tuscany contains a number of very fine DOC and DOCG appellations within its geographical borders, and is also home to the Super Tuscans. By far the most relevant Tuscan appellation is Chianti Classico, where some incredible wines that compete at the highest level are produced. Many of these amazing Chiantis will age for over twenty years. Chianti shares Tuscany with Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, both of which produce wines of great quality. Brunello is a local variety of the Sangiovese grape. The warm temperatures coming off the coast, combined with the cool breezes from the hills, create a multitude of microclimates.

DOCG and DOC

IGT: Toscana; Colli della Toscana Centrale; Vermentino di Toscana

DOC: Barco Reale di Carmignano; Bolgheri; Chianti; Elba; Maremma Toscana; Rosso di Montalcino; Val d’Arno di Sopra DOC;Vin Santo del Chianti; Vin Santo del Carmignano

DOCG:Brunello di Montalcino; Chianti Classico; Chianti Classico Riserva; Carmignano; Morellino di Scansano; Vernaccia di San Gimignano; Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Tuscany accounts for over thirty DOC and half a dozen of DOCG wines. In addition to the great, well-known and appreciated reds, the local production includes a few distinguishable whites, the most notable among them being, without doubt, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Other delicious whites include the Bianco d'Elba, Bianco di Bolgheri, Vermentino and Bianco di Pitigliano.

Grape varieties

One of the most well known is Sangiovese the mainstay in all but one of Tuscany's seven red-wine DOCGs. In Montalcino it goes by the name Brunello, hence the name Brunello di Montalcino; in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano it is locally known as Prugnolo Gentile. Chianti, famed the world over, also features Sangiovese, as well as permitting the addition of small amounts of Canaiolo and Colorino, and international gems Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As well as being famed for its reds, Tuscany produces some distinguished whites, one of which has achieved DOCG status: Vernaccia di San Gimignano.