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Lamaione - 2012

VINTAGE

Denomination

Toscana IGT

Description

A powerful expression of Merlot from the heavy clay and arid vineyard, Lamaione. Produced since 1991 on the estate of Castelgiocondo in Montalcino.

Awards

Vintage Report

The growing season was noteworthy for the high summer temperatures and scarce rainfall, which brought about a significant dryness that contributed to a harmonious development of the grapes. Although the harvest was very long, our grapes maintained perfect health until the very end, which is the first step for making excellent wines. 2012’s light and warmth will give CastelGiocondo wines extraordinary power and richness.

Lamaione

Terroir and environmental conditions

Estate and vineyard location: CastelGiocondo, Montalcino
ALTITUDE 300 meters (984 feet)
VINEYARD SIZE 12 Ha in the Lamaione vineyard (29 Acres)
EXPOSURE South-west
SOIL TYPE Clayey terrain rich in limestone and mineral elements. PH lightly alkaline.
PLANTING DENSITY 5.500 viti/Ha
TRAINING SYSTEM Low spur pruned cordon
Vineyard average age 1998
Lamaione

Technical Information

Variety Merlot
Alcohol by volume 14,50%
Length of maceration on the skins 4 weeks
Malolactic fermentation Immediately after the alcoholic fermentation
Maturation method 90% new and a 10% single use French oak barrels
Length of maturation 24 months in barriques followed by a further aging period of 12 months in the bottle
Bottle formats 0,75 lt., 1,5 lt., 3 lt
Lamaione

Tasting Notes

Intensely purple, Lamaione 2012 is clear and beautifully consistent. It opens up with fruity notes of black and blueberries followed by cloves, black pepper, dark chocolate and a slight balsamic hint of eucalyptus and thyme. In the mouth, Lamaione is an explosion of warmth, softness and roundness. The tannins are significant, dense and silky, and the wine’s finish is long and persistent.

Serving suggestions

Slow-cooked dishes such as pot roasts marinated in the same wine, mushroom-enriched stews, or beef fillet. Enjoy it too with medium-aged.

Lamaione

A unique territory

The Castelgiocondo estate, south-west of Montalcino, is situated in a perfect territory for the great wines produced here: the vineyards are located at a height between 300 and 400 metres, the well-drained territories face the sunny and favourable south-west side.

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