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 2018 Vintage was characterized by a trend that can best be summarized in a single word: calm. The harvest started on 20th September and ended on 5th October. From the outset, nature took its time; due to a harsh winter, the season started with a slight delay compared to the norm, and vegetative growth in spring was slow and steady, thanks to cool temperatures and heavy rainfall in May and June. The hot but never scorching summer and excellent temperature ranges enabled the vines to continue their development in a very balanced manner. This calm trend was subsequently mirrored in the harvest, which was among the longest in recent years. Nature took its time, and we like to be guided by its rhythms, so we adapted by arranging a phased harvest, according to parcels and sometimes even harvesting grapes from the same plot separately, so as to wait for the perfect ripeness of the lovely grapes that this vintage has bestowed on us. The wines have undergone fermentation in the cellar, again with the same calm that typified the entire harvest, which we are certain will also characterize the ageing period. We will wait to taste them, albeit impatiently, but know that by respecting nature’s rhythms we will appreciate them even more.

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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

91

SOMM Journal

Bright berry and cocoa powder aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a tangy finish. Drink now. 830 cases made. –

2 stelle, 88

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

Berry, grape and stemmy aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with medium tannins and minerally finish. Needs time to settle. Fresh and firm. Best after 2002. 665 cases made. –JS

90

Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani di Luca Maroni

2 stelle, 88

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

Berry, grape and stemmy aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with medium tannins and minerally finish. Needs time to settle. Fresh and firm. Best after 2002. 665 cases made. –JS

91

SOMM Journal

Bright berry and cocoa powder aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a tangy finish. Drink now. 830 cases made. –

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