Rocca di Frassinello Poggio Alla Guardia 2013
Looking to expand beyond the heavily saturated Chianti Classico area, Castellare turned to the natural outlet of Maremma. What started as a small expansion plan took on a new dimension, as a unique joint venture between Castellare and Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite, the first partnership of its kind. The project couples Castellare’s experience in the growing and vinification of Sangioveto with Lafite’s experience in classic French varietals. Extensive research led to a site selection in the hills formed by the two sides of the old Aurelia in Monteregio di Massa Marittima. The first vineyards were planted on 17 acres in 2000; however, today, this successful project oversees almost 200 acres of vineyards in an unrivalled microclimate for native varietals.
The entry level wine of the great Rocca di Frassinello project. A wine with a strong character, but still easy to drink. An outstanding introduction to the other estate labels. The native Sangioveto and the international varietals Cabernet and Merlot, are blended together to realize an ideal Italian-French wine.
Vinification: Maceration on the skins with frequent delestages and pumpings over for 20-25 days. Fermentation using natural yeasts in stainless steel vats for 15-20 days at a controlled temperature of 27°C.
Aging Process: Four months in stainless steel vats and cement; bottle refined for four months
Bouquet: The nose is intense with aromas of dark plums, chocolate, spices and grilled herbs
Flavor: Clean mineral notes frame the finish and confer an attractive element of freshness
Pairings: Perfect with roast beef and mid-aged cheeses