Thursday, March 12, 2009

Morellino Riserva Calestaia 2005

Federico Vincenzi is an Italian sommelier and a wine writer with the Masters Degree in Economics. He has been consulting top restaurants in Italy and Switzerland and has received many awards, including ‘Sommelier of the month’ and 'Meilleur Formateur en Vin de Champagne'. Federico lives in Milan where he founded OENOGOURMET



Vintage: 2005


Varietal: 100% SANGIOVESE

Winemaker: Paoletti, Bernini, Schuster

Oak: Triple grapes selection. Maceration on skins for 20/25 days. Pre-maceration at 12°C. Fermentation in steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation in wooden barrels.
the wine lays for 24 months in French oak barrels (from 5hl up to 25hl capacity).
Once bottled the wine stays in our cellar for a minimum of 12 months.

Alcohol: 14%

Average Price: € 23

Tasting Notes: From the Southern part of Tuscany – Maremma Toscana – Calestaia is dressed in a garnet red colour, still ruby red reflections. On the nose great intensity and complexity of the bouquet. The perfumes remember yet mature fruit and jam. In particular, the blueberries’ jam, blueberries in alcohol, plums, dry plums, jam of plums and the smells deriving from the refinement in wooden barrels. Among these you recognize cinnamon, black pepper and clove. Then scents of citrus fruits, orange-peel, furthermore, chocolate.
The palate is distinguished by aristocracy. The typical tannin of the Sangiovese is already damped by the refinement in wood. Also the “acidity” component is very delicate and suffused and does not cover the great softness and roundness that visual analysis had anticipated.
Robust body and clean equilibrium among the components of alcohol and sugars and among the components of mineral salts and acidity. A very persistent wine, with a lovely aftertaste.

Drink now through 2020.

Food Pairing Suggestions: You need to choose a big, hearty dish. Red meat, feathered and furry game also accompanied by mushrooms or truffles.
This “Riserva”, in addition, is excellent with cheeses: aged tomes, parmesan, Tuscan pecorino

General rating: 4 tastevins

: “sit-down bottle” and “classic”.

Tasting date: March 2nd 2009

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