foglio 38 cabernet franc


The Vineyard
Geographical position: At the foot of the hills of Castagneto Carducci, along the Bolgheri Wine Road.
The soil: middle hard clayey soil with stony structure.
Age of the vineyard: 10 years old.
Training system: Cordon spur.
Density: 8.000 plants per hectare.
Production: Around 7.000 kg of grapes per hectare with A yield of 65 % of wine per 100 kg of grapes.

The Wine
The name Foglio38 is the cadastral reference of our wine Estate in the land register. Foglio38 is obtained from strict selection of our cabernet franc. The quantity per year is very limited because of that selection and of the wine making process.
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Franc.
Alcohol by Vol.: 13,5%
Wine making method: Pure vinification (every single type of grape).
Alcoholic fermentation in open top French oak barriques, at 26-28°C.
Length of maceration: 18 days. We only use natural yeast.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in the same barriques that have been reclosed after the end of the alcoholic fermentation process.
Ageing: In barrique during 18 months.
Refining: 12 months in bottle. Non filtered wine.
Bottled by hand.
Production: about 100 cases. (Only in the best vintages).

Organoleptical evaluation
Colour: Dark ruby.
Scent: intense aromas of iodine, blackberry, black licorice and tar.
Taste: Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and a long finish that shows plenty of fruit. Polished and full of character.
Drinking temperature: 16-18 °C.
Preservation: 10-12 years. Depending on the vintage.

Food Matches
Quails with bacon, veal shank, chine of pork Alone, just for pleasure!

Foglio38 2005:
Wine Spectator. 91 points
Faltaff: 90 points
Vini di Veronelli: 90 points
Guida A.I.S. Duemilavini : 4 grapes


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