Cipresseto Toscana IGT Rosato 2013
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Pink in color, the wine shows an elegant and floral nose which recalls, in particular, jasmine and roses. Crisp and savory on the palate, it is long and continuous as well.
Toscana IGT Rosato
Alcohol by volume:
85% Sangiovese, 15% other complementary varieties
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The 2014 vintage was characterized from a climatic point of view by abundant rainfall throughout the entire growing season. These precipitations favored the outbreak of fungal diseases and led both to an irregular growth of the vines and to a similar irregularity in the flowering and bud set. The weather required constant attention and work in the vineyard to protect the plants from vine diseases. The summer was marked by much rain and below average temperatures up until the period of the picking. The harvest began during the last week of August for the early-ripening varieties and lasted until mid-September with the picking of such late-ripening varieties as Sangiovese. The grapes showed an excellent level of ripeness for a crisp and fragrant rosé wine.
The harvested grapes were destemmed and macerated on their skins in the press for a few hours, then delicately pressed. The must was chilled to a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) to assist a natural static settling of the impurities. After 48 hours, the must went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented at temperatures held to a maximum of 59° Fahrenheit (15° centigrade). The wine, after completing its fermentation, was then held in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade). The preparation for bottling in small lots just before bottling itself (at 11° alcohol) assisted in maintaining freshness and fragrance in the wines.
Cipresseto was given this name – which recalls the cypress trees which dot the Tuscan landscape in 1998 - to underline its Tuscan character and was one of the first rosé wines to be produced in Italy. Today it is a wine closely tied to the vineyards which supply its grapes and, as such, reflects a production philosophy based on quality at every level of price. The wine, in fact, is a concrete example of how fine quality can be achieved along with excellent value to consumers and wine lovers.