DOC Bolgheri Superiore
Argentiera, DOC Bolgheri Superiore, draws its strength and uniqueness from the magnificent territory in which it’s generated. The grapes come from the estate’s best vineyards of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It is a wine with a rich and silky taste. A long maturation in French oak barrels, the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and the unique terroir of Tenuta Argentiera make this wine on of the greatest expressions in the Bolgheri area.
Grapes are hand-picked and carefully selected from the estate’s best vineyards, which are found at an altitude between 180 and 200 meters (590-600 feet). The grapes are released by gravity into tanks, each varietal vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration take place in stainless steel tanks for roughly 25-30 days at a controlled temperature never exceeding 28/30° C. The wine is then transferred to 225-liter French oak barrels – half of which are new – to complete malolactic fermentation. Aging takes place over 18 months in barrel, followed by another 12 months in bottle before being released to the market.
2015 was characterized by a mild winter, leading to an early spring with average temperatures. Rainfall was sporadic and scares during April and May, a dry trend that carried over into the beginning of summer. Average temperatures in June and July were quite high, averaging around 39C in July. During the month of August, rainfall was abundant allowing harvest to take place regularly, beginning with Merlot in early September and following with Cabernet Sauvignon on October 12.