Giramonte - 2013

VINTAGE

Denomination

Toscana IGT

Description

The Tenuta Castiglioni, the Frescobaldi family’s oldest estate, brought forth, in 1999, Giramonte, a rare and exclusive Cru. The qualities of its soil, an ideal microclimate, and rigorous selection of the fruit ensure, year after year, extraordinary consistency of quality. The result is a wine of great richness and intensity, silk-smooth, and with an almost endless progression and finish.

Awards

  • JamesSuckling.Com95 Points
  • Vintage Report

    2013 distinguished itself for a particularly wet spring that guaranteed ideal coolness to the soil during the following months. Summer in Castiglioni began the third week of June, with temperatures rising up to 30°C. The temperature difference between night and day continued throughout July, promoting a generous development of the plants, which is key for both the ripening of the fruit and the development of polyphenols in the skins.

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    Terroir and environmental conditions

    Estate and vineyard location: Tenuta Castiglioni, Comune di Montespertoli
    ALTITUDE 250 m (820 feet)
    VINEYARD SIZE 6,5 Ha (16 Acres)
    EXPOSURE Southwest
    SOIL TYPE 1)Clayey terrain rich in calcium and mineral elements, PH alkaline. 2)Sandy terrain – with evident river pebbles. Well drained. PH neutral.
    PLANTING DENSITY 5,500 vines/ha
    TRAINING SYSTEM Spur pruned cordon
    Vineyard average age More than 25 years
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    Technical Information

    Variety Merlot and little part of Sangiovese
    Alcohol by volume 14,5%
    Length of maceration on the skins Merlot 25 days, Sangiovese 21 days
    Malolactic fermentation In barriques, immediately after the alcoholic fermentation
    Maturation method Barriques
    Length of maturation 16 months in new barriques and 6 in bottles
    Bottle formats Bordolese (0,75), Magnum (1,5 l), Doppio Magnum (3 l), Imperiale (6 l), Melchior (18 l).
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    Tasting Notes

    The wine’s colour is a bright and very intense ruby red. Complex to the nose, Giramonte possesses notes of blueberries and ripe blackberries that leave ample room for aromas of thyme, coffee, and dark chocolate. In the mouth, the wine introduces itself with dense and silky tannins, and finishes with persistent toasted hazelnuts and coffee tertiary aromas that bequeath a pleasantly intense sensation.

    Serving suggestions

    Ideal with all roasts, grills, and barbecues, and with sautéed fillets of beef, but try it with delicate cheeses as well.

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    A unique territory for a great Cru

    The fertile soils of the two vineyards have different structures: rocky soils are ideal for the cultivation of elegant Sangiovese, while clays soils highlight the characteristics of Merlot. The temperate and dry microclimate and the typical freshness of these soils give the wine an outstanding fruitiness.

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