This wine is the result of an idea that Fernando had in the 1980s and has been produced with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes since then (for the full story, see here). The vineyard plots used for this wine are more than 30 years old and the yield is rather moderate.
As these are international grape varieties, we are talking about a different style of wine than the Chianti Classico. Therefore, it has been classified as an IGT Toscana wine. Sometimes it is also called “Supertuscan” (a term that we are not very keen on using).
The grapes are fermented and processed separately up to the malolactic fermentation. At the end of the winter following the harvest, the blend (for the moment 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot) is made directly in small used (fourth passage) oak barrels where it matures for 24 months.
The wine is then bottled after a light filtration. We produce between 600 and 1200 bottles per year