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Botressco, Le Mortelle, Antinori 2014
Le Mortelle, Antinori 2014
Why you should buy this wine: Frankly I wasn’t planning on including any known brands into the portfolio but I couldn’t resist this one. Take the 500 year experience of the Antinori family, add investment in a spectacular vineyard and innovate…..this wine is the result ….. and it shows.
What can you expect….An intense red in color, the wine’s nose shows powerful and penetrating notes of red berry fruit and dark chocolate along with balsamic and spicy sensations contributed by the oak. The palate is supple and endowed with soft and velvety tannins. An elegant wine with a fine length and persistence and a finish and aftertaste which recall mint, tobacco, and chocolate.
Appellation: DOC Maremma Toscana
Grape: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Cabernet Franc
The Story Behind the Wine - click here
Who makes it… The Le Mortelle estate is located in the Tuscan Maremma near the town of Castiglione della Pescaia.
The estate has belonged to the Antinori family since 1999, and it has worked both on the vineyards and the new cellars with the firm conviction that the area, at the time just emerging into prominence in the overall panorama if Italian wine, had a very significant potential for the production of high quality wine. The family also believed that here the finest characteristics of the terroir and the varieties to be planted could fully find an excellent expression.
Vineyard: The property is surrounded by low hills covered by olive groves and woods with 160 hectares of vineyards planted principally to Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.. The soil, of medium consistence, sandy and loamy, is prevalently composed of clay and silica and is, in certain parts of the estate, somewhat rocky.
The climate is the typical one of the coast of the Tyrrhenian sea: warm and dry with sea breezes which mitigate winter cold and both refresh excessive summer heat and reduce rainfall.
The 2014 vintage was characterized by mild winter weather and by a cool climate during the summer. These conditions favored a longer growing season and a slower ripening process for the grapes. The weather remained mild during the month of September, with useful temperature swings between daytime warmth and evening and nighttime coolness which assisted the crop to reach significant ripeness levels in terms of sugar accumulation, of aromatic development, and of roundness of tannins. The harvest began in mid-September for the Cabernet Franc and terminated at the end of the month with the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winery: The grapes were selected during the picking and then brought to the cellar to be destemmed and pressed. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and the fermentation temperature was held to a maximum of 77° Fahrenheit (25° centigrade) to fully bring out all the aromatic and varietal character of the grapes and conserve to the maximum extent the integrity of the fruit. During the fifteen days of maceration during the fermentation the skins were regularly bathed to extract their noble tannins. After being run off its skins, the wine went back into stainless steel tanks to be put through a complete malolactic fermentation and then went into small oak barrels for a twelve month aging period.
The Back Story….. Mortella is the name of the wild myrrh which characterizes this coastal area of Tuscany and is the symbol of the property: it also derives its name from this fragrant Mediterranean shrub.
The Le Mortelle estate was once part of a larger property which already appeared on the maps of Tuscan Grand Duke Leopold II in the mid-19th century. The estate is located in the province of Grosseto, in the heart of the lower Maremma, approximately 5.5 miles from the town of Castiglione della Pescaia. It extends over 675 total acres (270 hectares), 410 of which are planted to vines., principally Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese in addition to the more recent parcels of such white grape varieties as Vermentino, Ansonica, and Viognier. The property was acquired by the Antinori family in 1999, convinced as it was that the area had a very important potential for the production of fine wine. Mortella is the name of wild myrrh, a plant widely present on the Tuscan coast and now the symbol of the estate. The new cellars of le Mortelle are largely underground in order to reduce to the maximum extent their impact on the environment. They were built to take advantage of the temperature-stabilizing properties of the rocks below ground, a choice inspired by a maximum respect for the natural balance of the site and its preservation: energy-savings are produced by the possibility of moving the wine by gravity flow, the water utilized in the cellar is purified by plants and then goes back into the local surroundings, and the energy utilized for operations is derived solely from renewable sources.
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Château d’Or et de Gueules La Bolida
(80-100 yr old Mourvèdre) 2011
Château d’Or et de Gueules “La Bolida” 2011
Why you should buy this wine:
- It’s rare and will not turn up on your average wine list simply because single-variety Mourvèdre (or Monastrell) wines are not particularly common.
- Even as more producers experiment with making wines from 100% Mourvedre to satisfy the curiosity of the increasing number of more discerning wine drinkers exploring the wines of the Languedoc region this is special with its 80-100 year old vines.
- Critics rave about this wine from a producer that epitomises the recent development of quality and innovation in the Languedoc which is now administered by the Rhone regional wine board in Avignon.
- FYI Wine and Spirit Magazine see this as a 92 point wine if you’re interested in scores.
What can you expect… Impressive deep-coloured with a light spicy, caramel nose and a mouth filling mixed red and black fruits flavours. A big complexity for a top elegant wine.Decant now to drink.
Region: Costieres de Nimes
Grape: Old Mourvèdre de 90 years (90%),Grenache (10%)
Alcohol :14.5% Closure: Cork
The Story Behind the Wine - click here
Who makes it… Owned and run by the incomparable Diane de Puymorin, this is an extraordinary property where innovation is the name of the game. Indeed, Diane is perhaps one of the most exciting new vignerons to have emerged from these sun-drench vineyards that make up the Costieres de Nimes south-west of Avignon. She purchased this estate seven year ago and has transformed its fortunes. The vineyards are worked organically with respect to the terroir. Yields, especially for this area are very low. The grapes are also harvested as late as possible often with successive tries.
Her wines are generally released when they are ready to be consumed, however, the one exception is this special cuvee,” La Bolida” which comes from her oldest vineyard with vines approaching 100 years of age and yields of 8hl/ha taken from four separate tries. It is fermented and aged in oak and is consistently spectacular.
Vineyard: The grape is harvest by hand early October. Extraction is done by “Pigeage” and aged in French oak for 18 months.
Winery: The wine was fermented for thirteen days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After malolactic fermentation, it was aged for twelve months in second and third use French oak barriques.
Fermentation is in enamel lined vats for the majority of the wines and ageing is carried out in a mixture of tank and oak barrels. Indeed the cellar is a wonderful hotchpotch of old enamel-lined fermentors, gleaming stainless steel vats and a selection of new and old barrique and demi-muids which put a gleam into the eyes of any self-respecting cooper. Diane loves to experiment, whether it be with the barrel-fermentation of her white wines, the creation a variety of late picked sweet goodies or the ageing of her delicious red wines in a mixture of oak and steel. Diane loves wood, new and old and big and small, the more variety the better! There is no fining and filtration for the top wines.
The Back Story: Costieres de Nimes is the most southerly appellation of the Rhone wine region in southeastern France. The wines of the area are reputed to have been consumed by the Ancient Greeks and thus figure among the oldest known wines in the world. A typical Costieres de Nimes red wine, made from the classic Southern Rhone Blend, is robust and spicy, and perfectly suited to the rustic local cuisine.
The Costieres de Nimes AOC covers an area between the towns of Nimes and Arles. Known as the Rhone Delta, this is the meeting point of the Rhone, Gard and Durance rivers before they head towards their final destination in the Mediterranean. The area also produces a great quantity of lower-quality wines under various IGP titles.
The landscapes between Nimes and the Mediterranean Sea are relatively flat and low lying. As a result, the soils of Costieres de Nimes do not vary as much as those in other Rhone appellations, and are characterized by large pebbles on shallow, south- and southeast-facing slopes. Areas of garrigue (the quintessential southern French landscape of dry, low-lying scrubland on limestone soils) are present in the eastern corners of the appellation, providing excellent potential for viticulture. Free-draining soils of low fertility force vines to dig deep, strong root systems in search of water and nutriment, and are widely considered to produce more-complex wines.
Costieres de Nimes wines require Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre to make up at least 60 percent of the finished red and rosé wines. This is ameliorated by Cinsaut, Marselan and Carignan.
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