What We Say 2004 Aione - Maremma Toscana - Super Tuscan
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Mission Codename: Tuscan Sunrise
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Seek out a unique Super Tuscan from the Maremma region
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Podere Casina
Wine Subject: 2004 Aione – Maremma Toscana I.G.T.
Winemaker: Emiliano Falsini
The Maremma region is located on the west-central coast of Italy half way between Rome and Florance and immediately south of the village of Grosseto. Like many Super Tuscans, this 100% Sangiovese vino da tavola doesn’t qualify for DOC status but is every bit as good.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Dark purple and almost black in color with dark garnet edges, but it’s surprisingly clear with thick slow legs that indicates a slightly more viscous wine.
Smell – Bold ripe fruit including blackberries and cherries, toasted and smokey oak, hints of tobacco and that uniquely Sangiovese tangy spiciness.
Feel – Dry and full bodied with solidly firm tannins, medium acidity and both tart and mineral components adding to the overall complexity of this wine.
Taste – Fruit forward with flavors of Schmidt Black Cherries. Both zesty and tangy with hints of spicy black pepper and toasted oak.
Finish – This wine finishes long and clean with hints of tart fruit and its distinctive Sangiovese zest.
Conclusion – Fans of Super Tuscans will naturally love this wine. It is true to its Sangiovese character with that spicy zestiness that makes the wines of Italy one of this spy’s favorite. Enjoy this wine with grilled game meats
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Maremma region can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
Awards & Accolades:
Decanter: Silver Medal
Veronelli: 94 Points
About This Wine:
Aione is a fine product, resulting from the selection of grapes grown in the best vineyards. this wine glows with intensive ruby red and violet shades. you will warm to its fruity, rich bouquet. maturing in french barriques for a 12 month period confers on aione a spicy elegance, its optimal tannin content assuring the wine‘s long life.
About The Winery:
The vineyard Podere Casina is nestled in the picturesque countryside of the Maremma, Tuscany. Marcello Pirisi cultivates Sangiovese and Syrah vines on 11 hectares of land. the warm climate of the maremma ensures optimal conditions for grape cultivation. the harvest varies between 60 and 80 quintals of grapes per hectare. the following three types of wine are produced in collaboration with the winegrower emiliano falsini:
- morellino di scansano d.o.c.
- marchele morellino di scansano d.o.c.
- aione maremma toscana i.g.t.
With her style and passion, the artist rahel kimmich lends her special touch to the details and image of the precious products of the Podere Casina winery.
About The Maremma Region:
The Maremma is a geographical area covering part of western Tuscany, notably the Province of Grosseto, and a small part of northern Latium (Lazio). It can be divided into the Alta Maremma (upper or northern Maremma) which borders on the Provinces of Sienna and Pisa, and Bassa Maremma (lower or southern Maremma) south of Grosseto and around the Costa d’Argento.
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 13.8 %