Geographical position: At the foot of the hills of Castagneto Carducci, along the Bolgheri Wine Road.
The soil: middle hard clayey soil with gravely structure.
Age of the vineyard: 10 years old.
Training system: Cordon spur.
Density: 6.000 plants per hectare.
Production: Around 7.000 kg of grapes per hectare with A yield of 70 % of wine per 100 kg of grapes.
Zizzolo 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% Merlot, 30% , 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alcohol by Vol.: 13,5%
Wine making method
Pure vinification (every single type of grape). Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 26-28°C.
Length of maceration: 12 days. We only use natural yeast.
Malolactic fermentation and ageing in second use barriques.
Refining: 12 months in bottle.
Production: about 1800 cases per year.
Colour: Ruby-red, bright.
Nose: Fruity aromas with notes of flowers and herbs.
Taste: Fruity and fresh with round tannins and a delicious aftertaste.
Drinking temperature: 16-18 °C.
Preservation: 4-5 years, depending on the vintage.
It is a multi sided wine , It combines very well with different kind of menus. White and red meat, steak, Pasta dishes, cheese. Alone, just for pleasure
Zizzolo 2007 awards (in progress)
– Wine Enthusiast: 90 points.
– Decanter Wine World Awards: Silver Medal.
– Japan World Wine Challenge: Gold Medal.
– VINI D’ITALIA 2010 Italian Sommelier Association: 4/5 Grapes
– VINI DI VERONELLI: 88 points
– FALSTAFF Magazine: 88 points