2009 Ampeleia Ampeleia Toscana
tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, red fruit, strawberry, black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, cherry, licorice, anise, dark ripe cherry, dark berry, blueberry and spice
tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, asparagus, green pepper, red fruit, vanilla, toast, smoke, dark fruit, violet, rose petal, oak, mushroom, dark berry, black cherry and plum
"This wine comes from the IGT Maremma appellation, in the Tuscany region of Italy. It's made from 50% Cabernet franc, 20% Sangiovese, and 5 other varieties of Mediterranean heritage. The average age of the vines is 15 years, and grapes are harvest during mid September to mid October. The wine spends 16 months in oak barrels (40% new)." - Importer
"Native to the Near East, the grape varieties brought together in Ampeleia - among many others - took root in the Mediterranean farmlands, contributing to the definition of a fundamental aspect of our cultural identities. Having migrated in Roman times from the Caucasus, through Albania, to Venice, today, Cabernet Franc is also present in Maremma: fruit, spice, elegance and body are the qualities it conveys to Ampeleia. The quintessential Tuscan grape variety, Sangiovese, was already prized by the Etruscans, who named it "Sangue di Giove" - Jupiter's Blood: it imparts its strength and constancy to Ampeleia."
"Ampeleia strives to represent the inherent diversity and huge potential of its natural and cultural environment. The estate is the result of the purchase of different plots of land, located far apart and on different altitude levels, with the precise aim of creating a great variability in altimetric, soil and microclimatic conditions: each vineyard has a distinctive identity that is enhanced by the uniqueness of the surrounding environment. Hence, variety is the keystone and soul of Ampeleia. In fact, variety represents the project’s constant quality, both physically and symbolically, and is harmoniously expressed in its wines that taste of the diverse and varied land of Roccatederighi." - Winery