VIGNA CLAUDIA

Colli di Faenza Rosso DOC

TASTING NOTES

From rigorously trained alberate and candelabro vines, this is a dense blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, all of separate vinification to showcase the intrinsic qualities of each vine variety.

Deep ruby-red, boldly firm, with an aroma that opens on notes of intense spices.

Round to the taste, bold, with expressive yet soft and balanced tannins.

Pair with: Grilled pork, wild game and aged cheeses.

Vintage

2012

February 2012 will always be remembered for its extraordinary amount of snowfall. On one hand, the vines were protected. On the other, vineyard structure was severely tested. Spring came around with hardly a drop of rain. Summer was heady and sweltering. The grapes had accumulated a lot of sugar and harvesting was preempted, penalized with low yields. The resulting wines were loaded, robust and generous. It was a decidedly smoldering year, like back in 2007, though less than 2003. Flamboyant.

2013

The first 2 months of the year began just like any other winter. March however, brought an anomaly of rain torrents that lasted all through May. The vines were late with their phenological phases and they fought hard against the fungal diseases that thrive with little sun. The harvest finally came around, giving the vertical wines a wonderful aroma, minerality and an excellent freshness. This is a decidedly lasting vintage recommended for conservation.

2015

The beginning of the year began with almost non-stop rain straight through spring. The 2014 vintage with all of its difficulties had already seemed strange enough, until the experience of sweltering heat took over. Temperatures shot up and stayed above 35 degrees for ten days or so. The harvest was ready, in excellent condition, healthy, and though very sweet, the pH level was high. The resulting wines are loaded with flavor and color, generous, lively, though lacking the deep freshness that characterized the year before. An outgoing wine.