Michele Satta - I Castagni Bolgheri Superiore 2012
Michele Satta - I Castagni Bolgheri Superiore 2012 (91 TSW)
A blend of 70% Cabernet, 20% Syrah and 10% Teroldego.
Almost 2 weeks ago we visited the Bolgheri area as you mabye know. The first winery we visited was Michele Satta @michelesattassa
Bolgheri is still a young region. Twenty five years ago Michele Satta was one of the pioneers of Bolgheri DOC. Antinori released its first Guado al Tasso, with the 1990 vintage. At that time, the entire Bolgheri area consisted of just 275 acres of vines. There were only six producers: Tenuta San Guido, Piermario Meletti Cavallari of Grattamacco, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Guado al Tasso, Eugenio Campolmi, who founded Le Macchiole and Michele Satta.
The path taken by the innovative winemaker Michele Satta was new at Bolgheri. So he set - supported from the beginning in his decisions by his wife Lucy - in addition to the international varieties Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah on the noble vine Sangiovese. Already with the first harvest in the year 1990 it showed, how big their potential is. Nevertheless, this fascinating grape variety is still relatively rare in the relatively young growing region.
We tasted a range of wines and also this beautiful red blend.
The wine comes from a single vineyard of 1.5 hectares. The soil composition is rich in clay, which facilitates slower ripening of the grapes. This wine comes from the strictest selection of the best bunches from this vineyard. After a long maceration in wooden casks is the fining in French barriques for 24 months. The wine is bottled without filtering and remains in the cellar for another 12 months.
My tasting notes:
Use of Decanter will open up the aromas and flavours.
In the glass an intense dark ruby color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of blackberries, cherry jam and plums with hints of vanilla, coffee, licorice with light mint hint.
On the palate dry, medium++ bodied with medium+ acidity and tannins. Well balanced and layered with a great finish. Would be great to give this a try after 5/10 years.