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Podere Ciona, Semifonte I.G.T. Toscana
(semi fon TAY)

 

Tasting Notes: From Lorenzo Gatteschi, maker of our favorite Chianti Classico Riserva and co-founder of Small Vineyards, comes Semifonte, an absolutely delicious Tuscan rosso that speaks to the alluring tart red and black fruits of the Florentine hillsides. Just lush enough to be viscous, just clean and intense enough to be “Italian”, this is one of the better values in our portfolio. Notice the blend, which is made on a classically-styled bed of high altitude Merlot, rounded with Sangiovese, with the splash of intrigue that is Alicante Bouschet. Enjoy it now, as they only make about 400 cases.

Location Toscana, Italia.
(Montegrossi)
4 hectares.
Soil Weathered sandstone.
Estate Podere Ciona.
(poh-DAY-ray chee-OH-nah)
Vine Horizontal double-Spurred Cordon.
5,000 vines per hectare.
1 bottle per plant average yield.
Winemaker Franco & Lorenzo Gatteschi.
(FRAHN-ko gah-TAES-key)
(lo-RAINT-zo gah-TAES-key)
Vinification Fermentation in temp controlled stainless steel tanks. Extended maceration on the skins for 15–20 days.
Varietals 75% Merlot, 25% Alicante Bouschet. Barrel 1st passage French Allier barrique.
Residual Sugar 2.0 grams per liter. Maturation 6 months in the barrel.
6-8 month in the bottle.
Acidity 5.4 grams per liter. Vintage Production 460 cases
Alcohol 13.6% by volume. Foot Fairing Grilled steak, pappardelle with rabbit and mature cheeses.
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