Rubio

Rubio

Toscana IGT

Here Sangiovese, the most important - and often rather austere - grape variety of Montalcino, meets Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This marriage makes for a wine of great freshness and versatility with a deep ruby red colour. Rubio is modern and elegant and conveys the lively fragrances and colours of an untouched natural environment.

 

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Climate trend

The number of clusters was ideal and not excessive. A cool, wet spring delayed flowering by a few days, thus delaying the expected harvest period by at least one week. An ideal summer that was hot but never scorching allowed veraison to proceed evenly and quickly. The bunches were sparse and well positioned and there was no need for thinning except in some areas of more vigorous than average growth. September began with abundant rainfall which cooled down the vineyards and replenished water reserves, thus enabling the Sangiovese grapes to achieve full ripeness. The beginning of the harvest, in the last few days of September, took place in ideal conditions. Fresh, almost cold nights allowed the grapes to reach the cellar at low temperatures, while the warm, sunny days enabled the later-ripening vineyards to ripen fully. This vintage was a bit ‘old style’, with a decidedly late-harvest compared to the norm in recent years. Even the wines are reminiscent of a more traditional style: acidity, finesse and elegance are the characteristics that this vintage will be remembered for, which is also perfectly suited to prolonged ageing.

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Grape varieties

Grape varieties

85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Soil

Vineyard

San Polo

Harvest

Grapes are harvested by hand in small 17 kg crates during the second half of September

Bottle

Size

750

Barrel

Vinification

After careful selection of the bunches, soft pressing of the grapes and cryomaceration prior to fermentation

Ageing

10 months in stainless steel tanks, 4 months in bottle

Fermentation

In tapered refrigerated stainless steel tanks

Malolactic fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Awards

85

Mundus Vini - Meininger

91

James Suckling

A red with dark berry, rust and iron character with hints of cocoa powder. Medium body, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus and energy. Drink now.

2 viti

Guida Vitae - AIS

Fresh and aromatic with plum, berry and cherry aromas that follow through to a medium body, firm tannins, delicious fruit and a lightly decadent undertone. Drink or hold.

3 grappoli

Bibenda

Grilled herb nose, savoury flavours, soft tannins on finish.

James Suckling

James Suckling

A red with dark berry, rust and iron character with hints of cocoa powder. Medium body, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus and energy. Drink now.

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