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San Patrignano - Colli di Rimini Montepirolo 2003 (750ml)

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Country Italy
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 2003
 

San Patrignano’s greatest challenge. With Montepirolo we hope to measure our wines against the world’s greatest.
Our grapes, blended with classic Bordelaise among others, let the fruits of our region shine – a product of absolute quality

Grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.
Vineyards Twenty-five hectares on the hill of Montepirolo form a single vineyard, with a mainly eastern exposure, where the guyot and spur pruned cordon training systems are used. Montepirolo is made from a selection of the best grapes from these 25 hectares, which give an average yield of 5500 kg/hectare
Harvest Merlot is harvested in early September, Cabernet in late September/early October. The grapes are picked by hand, placed in small crates, taken immediately to the cellar and transferred to a conveyor belt for hand-sorting
Wine-making Montepirolo is the result of a well-balanced assemblage of the wine from three grape varieties vinified separately. The skin maceration time will vary depending on vintage characteristics, thus intensifying the wine’s aromas. After racking-off, the wine is transferred to barrique where the assemblage takes place. Complete malolactic fermentation
Ageing In Allier/Tronçais/Nevers oak barriques for 12 months plus at least 18 months bottle ageing before sale

Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points

San Patrignano is among Romagna’s best and most respected producers and offers Bordeaux-inspired wines like this succulent Cabernet (with smaller percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Franc). The nose is rich with leather, vanilla, moist earth, coffee and licorice but there’s enough ripe black red fruit to keep it fresh and lively. A beautiful Cabernet from a hot vintage and enologist Riccardo Cotarella.  — M.L.  (2/1/2007)  — 90