Rocca di Montemassi Le Focale Sangiovese 2010

Tasting Date: 1/4/2012

Varietal: Sangiovese 2010

Country: Tuscany Italy

Tasting Date Price: $14.99

Rating:

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Vineyard Website: click here

Visual Aspect: Ruby red

Nose: Berries, Cherries, cinnamon

Palate: Ripe red fruit, good tannins

Food Pairing: Lasagna, pizza

Winery Notes: THE AREA

The Rocca di Montemassi Estate is situated in the Monteregio zone, a long-standing wineproducing district that gained D.O.C. status relatively recently. The zone itself constitutes a highly distinctive terroir between the shoreline and the local hills boasting rich metal deposits.

THE ESTATE

The Estate lies on lower to mid-hillside slopes in the hamlet of Montemassi, part of the district of Roccastrada in Tuscany’s coastal Maremma area. At present, Rocca di Montemassi cultivates 106 hectares (262 acres) of vineyards, selected from the Estate’s total area of 420 hectares (1,040 acres), in order to obtain top-quality grapes.

CLIMATE AND SOIL

The soil, which is predominantly clay-based and is almost devoid of silt, is perfect for allowing the vines to gain access to all their nutrients, while retaining rainwater in the spring during very dry spells. Sun rays bathe the area from Montalcino to Bolgheri (by the sea), providing the vines and grapes with ideal light. The pedo-climatic conditions are therefore perfect for obtaining exciting wines. Maremma undoubtedly represents the new frontier for Italian wines because it enjoys extraordinary quality potential that is virtually unexplored.

THE VINEYARDS

After extensive pedo-climatic research, Tenuta Rocca di Montemassi’s agronomists utilize either Cordon Spur or Double Guyot training systems, depending on the physiological characteristics of the individual grape variety being grown. The plant density is 5,000 vines per hectare (2,023 per acre).

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