BOLGHERI D.O.C. SUPERIORE
The soil: middle hard clayey soil with stony structure.
Age of the vineyard: 10 years old.
Training system: Low 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.
Guarda Boschi is the name of the vineyard. Guarda Boschi, and Vigna allo Zizzolo as well, were small parcels in the Bolgheri region, former vineyards of the Counts Della Gherardesca, who owned the largest part of Tuscan Coast till the end of the XIX Century. We replanted the vineyard according to the high quality philosophy in 1998.
Grapes: 60% Cabernet (30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon), 40% Merlot.
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 of the grapes.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in the same barriques that have been reclosed after the end of the alcoholic fermentation process.
Ageing: In barrique during 15-18 months.
Refining: 12 months in bottle. It is a non filtered wine.
Production: about 500-600 cases per year.
Colour: deep Ruby-red, bright
Nose: aromas of mineral, blackberry and hints of fresh herbs.
Taste: medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a clean, fresh finish.
Drinking temperature: 16-18 °C.
Preservation: 10-12 years depending on the vintage.
Red meat, steak, wild and game. Middle and mature cheese. Alone, just for pleasure!
GUARDA BOSCHI 2006 AWARDS
– Decanter World Wine Awards: recommended medal
– Japan World Wine Challenge: bronze medal.
– VINI D’ITALIA 2010: Italian Sommelier Association: 4/5 Grapes
– VINI DI VERONELLI: 92 points
– FALSTAFF Magazine: 92 points