2018 Ventaglio, Argentiera, Tuscany, Italy

2018 Ventaglio, Argentiera, Tuscany, Italy

Product: 20188073990
 
2018 Ventaglio, Argentiera, Tuscany, Italy

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The 2018 Ventaglio is the vintage hitting the market now. From a cooler growing season, this pure expression of Cabernet Franc is linear and tight with pinpoint focus and layer after layer of deep intensity. The bouquet is fragrant, sweet and savory, all at the same time with enormous length and polished tannins. The bouquet offers red and black cherry, currant, cinnamon and vanilla bean, and there’s a savory floral note with dried rose petal. It’s sweeter on the palate than it is on the nose.

Drink 2024 - 2045

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July 2022)

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The 2018 Ventaglio is the vintage hitting the market now. From a cooler growing season, this pure expression of Cabernet Franc is linear and tight with pinpoint focus and layer after layer of deep intensity. The bouquet is fragrant, sweet and savory, all at the same time with enormous length and polished tannins. The bouquet offers red and black cherry, currant, cinnamon and vanilla bean, and there’s a savory floral note with dried rose petal. It’s sweeter on the palate than it is on the nose.

Drink 2024 - 2045

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July 2022)

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About this WINE

Tenuta Argentiera

Tenuta Argentiera

Ambitious Tenuta Argentiera own 86 hectares of vineyards in the southern extremities of the Bolgheri growing zone. They occupy land which, for thousands of years, has been precious, once an Etruscan silver mine. Now there is a newfound value to their land. Their vineyards are some of the closest to the Tyrrhenian Sea, but also have the highest average elevation of vineyards due the hillside plateau where most of the vineyards perch at an altitude between 160 – 210 metres. Although this might not sound like much, it makes a dramatic difference to the final wine; over the summer months, their vines on average are four degrees celcius cooler than Bolgheri’s main vineyards below on the alluvial pianura (plain), thus allowing for slower maturation in the grapes, and added complexity and freshness. The soils too are different from much of the area, and share more similarities to much of Montalcino with sand and mineral-flecked galestro.

Vineyards were planted under the direction of Pietro Antinori from 1990, and the winery have worked with well-known consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt to help realise their potential. The winemaker is local Nicola Carrera. After graduating from Pisa University, Nicola has worked at Australia’s Torbreck, Super Tuscan Tua Rita and Margaux’s Château Palmer before setting his sights on Cabernet and Merlot a little closer to home. Tenuta Argentiera make a classical Bolgheri wine. They have the team, the terroir and potential to be one of the great names of Bolgheri. With this release, they step closer to realising their ambition.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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