Red, For laying down

2011 Le Stanze Poliziano

2011 Le Stanze Poliziano

Red | For laying down | Azienda Agricola Poliziano | Code:  40895 | 2011 | Italy > Tuscany > IGT Tuscany | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol


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The Producer

Azienda Agricola Poliziano

Azienda Agricola Poliziano

Azienda Agricola Poliziano is a modern wine estate located a couple of miles north-east of Montelpulciano near the small village of Gracciano. It was established in 1961 by Frederico Carletti when there were only 25 hectares of vineyards; today there are over 90.

Under the auspices of winemaking consultant guru, Carlo Ferrini, this Estate reaches new heights with every vintage, with its Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano and its two Super-Tuscans, Elegia and Le Stanze.

The Rossso di Montepulciano, with its intense ruby red colour and fruit-packed palate is a notable bargain, and is far better than many growers` pricier Vino Nobiles.

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.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.

The Region

IGT Tuscany

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