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Valle Del Sogno

Brancatelli

Winemaker: Gianfranco Cantini - Consulting Oenologist Graziana Grassini

Alcohol: 14% alcohol by volume

Appellation: Tuscany IGT

Grape Varieties: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc

Exposure: South & Southeast

Altitude: 100 feet above sea level

Soil: Terra Rossa

Vineyard Training: Single spurred cordon

Summary: As a young child, Giuseppe Brancatelli always wanted to be a great winemaker. He would work in his father's vineyard near Messina, where he learned to cherish the winemakers rituals: pruning the vines, weeding the rows, and harvesting the grapes. At the age of 22, he left his beloved Tuscany for Holland and the life of a restaurateur. It was during this time that he learned what people loved about Tuscan wines and his desire to return home to his own vineyard became the catalyst for the wines that he now produces at Villa Brancatelli.

Vinification: Fermentation begins on the skins in stainless steel at 75-77 degrees Fahrenheit, for 2 weeks. Varietals are aged separately for 14 months in new and 2nd year French barriques, then bottle aged for an additional 6 months prior to release. This wine can be cellared for 8 to 10 years.

Aromas & Flavors: This IGT is bold and robust, yet still elegant with a velvety finish. Beautifully balanced with rich flavors of black fruits, especially black currants, dried herbs, and vanilla. An aromatic wine that will seduce you with black currants and cassis on the nose. Rich and full-bodied with ripe tannins that pair well with most full flavored main courses.

Varietal Notes:

Cabernet Sauvignon with its distinctive black currant aroma can develop bouquet nuances of cedar, violets, leather, or cigar box. Cabernet Franc may be both fruitier and sometimes more herbal or vegetative than Cabernet Sauvignon, although lighter in both color and tannins. It can be somewhat spicy in aroma and often reminiscent of plums and especially violets.

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