PL Award 1: SILVER - DWWA 2016
Country: Italy Region: Tuscany Vintage: 2015
Category: White Wine Color: White
Producer: Poggio al Tesoro
"One of the most exciting estates to have emerged from Italy in recent years, Poggio al Tesoro is a 70 hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2002 by the Allegrini family. The first vineyard they bought, Le Sondraia, is next door to Ornellaia and was previously rented by them. It is 12 hectares in size and is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 'Solosole' Vermentino is crisp and fresh but full-bodied and capable of ageing for up to a decade. The Syrah-based 'Mediterra' is a fragrant and intensely fruity red wine. The 2013 vintage is the best yet produced.
The 2012 Sondraia, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is also the best they've yet produced. It has a pure cassis note on the nose that gives way to a lovely depth of fruit on the palate. It is a very classy wine indeed. 'W' is their pure Cabernet Franc, first produced in 2003. It is lifted yet ripe, intense yet balanced."
Winemaker: Lorenzo Fortini
Grapes for the Solosole are grown in the 'Le Sondraie' vineyard which covers seven hectares at an altitude of 25 metres above sea level. It faces west, with deep sandy soils with gravel and clay. The eight-year-old vines are trained in Guyot style and are planted at 7,936 plants per hectare.
The grapes were hand-harvested on 12th-14th September and sorted on arrival at the winery. The whole grapes were then gently pressed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel at approximately 16°C for 20 days. No malolactic fermentation took place and the wine remained in tank on its lees until bottling.
This radiant straw yellow wine impresses with aromas of acacia blossom, yellow plums and subtle grapefruit. Medium bodied, the palate is refined and succulent with refreshing acidity and delicate apricot on the finish.
Food Suggestion: Solosole is an ideal wine to accompany aperitifs, raw fish and, thanks to its tanginess and fragrance, fried and poached fish. Its crispness also makes it suitable with vegetarian cuisine.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:14% Acidity [g/l]: 5.62