2013 Ampeleia Costa Della ToscanaBlend from Italy
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"Ampeleia is one of the stars of the Tuscan coast.....At their best, the Ampeleia wines are among the most pure, transparent expressions of the coast readers will find. Elisabe...
- 96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- 92 Wine Spectator
96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Very pretty aromas of dark fruits with rosemary and sea-like undertones. Full-bodied, layered and dense, yet there's an underlying energy that brings you back to savor each sip. Lovely to drink now but will improve with age. From biodynamically grown grapes."
93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2013 Ampeleia, the estate's Cabernet Franc/Sangiovese blend, is fabulous. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, orange peel and intense, savory notes meld together in a deep, juicy Tuscan red full of personality. All the elements fall into place effortlessly."
92 Wine Spectator
"Pure rose, cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors signal this elegant red, backed by a solid structure. Shows fine complexity and length, but needs decanting to enjoy now. Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2023."
"Ampeleia is one of the stars of the Tuscan coast.....At their best, the Ampeleia wines are among the most pure, transparent expressions of the coast readers will find. Elisabetta Foradori and her team are doing important work here. Ampeleia is a young estate. There is every reason to believe the best is yet to come." —Antonio Galloni, September 2014
"80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Sangiovese. Sourced from parcels at 200-600 meters above sea level. The fruit was harvested from the 10th of September to the 5th of October at yields of 35–40 hl/ha. The grapes are fully destemmed and there is a maceration of 10-15 days. Aged 16 months in wood/cement tanks followed by 12 months of aging in bottle before release.
Ampeleia was born in 2002 from the collaboration and friendship between Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann, and Giovanni Podini; they saw in Ampeleia a place where they could not only develop an agricultural project but also fulfill a common vision. The project aspires to represent the inherent diversity and huge potential of this particular area of Maremma, the "Colline Metallifere," which are not the coastal lowlands one usually associates with the Maremma, but mineral-rich hills that have been mined since Etruscan times.
The estate results from 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 altitude, soil type and microclimatic conditions; each vineyard has a distinctive identity that is enhanced by the uniqueness of the surrounding environment. 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 varied lands of the area around the village of Roccatederighi. Many of the grape varieties that have been planted in Ampeleia are common in Mediterranean farmlands. In past times, vineyards were not planted with just one grape variety but many types of grapes were present and they were all harvested at the same time; the vineyards at Ampeleia reflect this tradition.
Within this diversity, the estate focuses on Cabernet Franc (planted in the early 1960s) and Alicante Nero, a distinctly Tuscan biotype of Grenache. Though Ampeleia owns around 130 hectares of land, only 35 hectares are planted to vine, in an attempt to keep the landscape intact to promote biodiversity." -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
96 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
93 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
92 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, red fruit and strawberry|
|Nose||tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, asparagus, green pepper and red fruit|