What We Say 2007 'Acantho' San Gimignano DOC Rosso
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Mission Codename: More To The Point
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Secure an exclusive Super Tuscan for our operatives.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Casa Alle Vacche
Wine Subject: 2007 ‘Acantho’ San Gimignano DOC Toscana IGT Rosso
Winemaker: Dr. Paul Salvi
In just the last decade, Super Tuscans became the latest rage in Italian wine in the United States, however, their story goes back to the late 1940s when the famed Sassicaia wine was reportedly made by Incisa della Rochetta using Cabernet Sauvignon vines from Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, or so the legend goes. Now Super Tuscans are the ‘Bordeaux’ of West-Central Italy, expertly blended with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and often Merlot, Colorino and other local grape varietals.
Today’s selection, a delicious blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the San Gimignano DOC, located in the hilly region in the Siena area. Wine making traditions in this region dates back to the Etruscan era and the wines are quite exceptional.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Nearly black, this deep garnet wine’s core is dark, brooding and inky that shows garnet streaks that barely reflect the light. Along the edges, the deep garnet color is revealed and when swirled, slow fat legs cling to the side of the glass before descending to the wine below.
Smell – Rich and bold with aromas of blackberry, dark plum and black cherry layered over savory spice, smokey toasted oak, wild black licorice and hints of leather and mocha.
Feel – Smooth, dry warm and expansive on the palate, this full-bodied wine has firm textured tannins and dark minerality that creates a chewy generous mouth feel. Lively acidity frames the fruit and lingers into the finish.
Taste – Tangy black fruit including tangy black cherry and blackberry with notes of ripe plum too. Smokey and toasted oak with soft vanilla hints and bittersweet dark chocolate integrate with meaty leather notes and savory and hot spice as well as the black licorice found of the nose.
Finish – Extremely long with the tangy black fruit and licorice notes leading the way and giving way to the textured tannins and vibrant acidity that dries the palate slightly and invites another sip.
Conclusion – If you are a fan of Super Tuscans, then today’s 2007 Casa Alle Vacche ‘Acantho’ San Gimignano DOC Toscana IGT Rosso is a wine well worth a try! Rich, tangy and savory on the nose and palate framed by well structured tannins and acidity, this wine really delivers the Italian experience. We couldn’t help ourselves with this one and paired this wine with a classic Osso Buco. Enjoy this wine now (after decanting) or cellar for the next ten years.
WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
SUBJECT: Dr. Paul Salvi
WINE EDUCATION: Degree in Technical Enology from the Istituto Tecnico Agrario at Siena 1994. In 1986 earned title of enologist from courses at Florence University, Montpellier and Bordeaux
WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Vinify giving the utmost respect to the raw materials, using the appropriate technologies permitted to express the full potential of the grapes respecting of the typicity of the vineyard and production area.
WINEMAKER QUOTE: The wine is the fruit of the earth, the seasons and the passion of man.
No wine may be identical to another, this is the charm of this product.
There is always something to learn and discover.
FIRST COMMERCIAL WINE RELEASE: The first wine that I was responsible from start to finish was Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1991 vintage
AGENT WHITE: Greetings, Paul. We are thrilled to be showing your 2007 ‘Acantho’ San Gimignano DOC Rosso today. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.
PAUL: Thank you for showcasing our fantastic ‘Acantho’.
WHITE: Was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?
PAUL: I always watched my grandfather and my father, who pruned the vineyard, and smiled as they reflected on the fruits of their labors.
WHITE: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your winemaking style?
PAUL: Mythical creatures, in particular Tachis but the reality for us is tradition, tradition, tradition
WHITE: Who do you make wine for?
PAUL: For the satisfaction of being told. “How good it is.”
WHITE: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today.
PAUL: The 2007 ‘Acantho’ San Gimignano DOC Rosso is a Super Tuscan Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon aged eighteen months in cask before finishing. Our soul, our character and Terroir is reflected in this wine.
WHITE: What is your favorite pairing with today’s wine?
PAUL: A simple beef steak, best cut “Florentine”.
WHITE: In your opinion, what makes the Tuscan region so special?
PAUL: The air we breathe in the Tuscan landscape is unique, you feel the huge tradition of art and ancient culture.
WHITE: What is occupying your time at the winery these days?
PAUL: This is the highlight of the year, the end of the grape harvest.
WHITE: How would you recommend people approach your wines and wine in general?
PAUL: Our wines are the result of hard work, not a hobby or a second job. Our families live with the wine and for the wine. So I think those who taste our wine with heart and focus, understand it. For wine in general the quality and commitment have a cost, and consider value for money and consider that family businesses like ours are struggling for every bottle of wine. Every bottle is hard work, hope, Joy and the difficulty of an entire family.
WHITE: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
PAUL: Give in to the temptation and purchase of a bottle of Acatho, close your eyes and take a sip and imagine our hills with vineyards and olive groves, as they are kissed by the warmth of the sun making it a product uniquely of this land.
WHITE: Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and your wine. Keep up the great work, we are big fans!
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Casa Alle Vacche can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
Casa Alle Vacche
About This Wine:
Acantho is the wine that expresses the real company “terroir,” with grapes that inherit their traits from fossils and vines that form their character in history and art. Acantho is characterized by a deep garnet red color and a bouquet of persistent, rich spice and vanilla notes. The flavor is full and intense, persistent and balanced, reminiscent of jam and liquorice.
About The Winery:
On the slopes northeast of the picturesque hill-town of San Gimignano, lies the town of Pancole which is considered to be among the best grape-growing areas in Tuscany. Casa alle Vacche winery and vineyards are found in this zone. The estate has been in the Ciappi family for several generations, and young Fernando and Lorenzo Ciappi, with the aid of consulting enologist Luigino Casagrande, combine traditional production techniques with modern viticultural practices to produce exemplary Vernaccias, Chianti Colli Senesi and Vin Santo.
You will find the Casa alle Vacche vineyard situated just few kilometres from the famous San Gimignano and immersed in the spectacular scenery offered by the Tuscan countryside.
The name of the Casa alle Vacche vineyard –a nineteenth century reference to the stables for the tireless, hard-working domesticated animals – was chosen to evoke the productive connotations of their genealogy, and at the same time, the natural disposition to simplicity of the Ciappi family who are dedicated, as always, to reaching their objective of producing top quality products.
The estate consists of 30 hectares of land of which 20 are cultivated vineyards with excellent exposure (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Canaiolo, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chardonnay & Malvasia del Chianti) 3 hectares of olives, and wine cellars whose modern equipment integrate effectively with the traditional wine growing instruments.
The listing of these details is not sufficient to adequately illustrate the perseverance of the company to obtaining quality that well exceeds the specifications laid out by the Denominazioni d’Origine (Denomination of Origin). The character, soul and body of the Casa alla Vacche wines are explained by the meticulous and selective care of the grapes, the exertion of the harvest and conditioning of the low yield free from the use of pesticides and other chemical substances and the dedicated attention to each phase of the harvesting and wine making.
Appelation: San Gimignano DOC
Varietals: Sangiovese Canaiolo & Cabernet
Vinification: Traditional maceration at 30 C for 20 days
Vineyard: 210-280 meters above sea level; 4,500 vines per hectare
Aging: 18 months in medium-sized oak barrels, then 6 months in bottles
Harvest: Green harvests, manual harvesting; selection of grapes in small crates