50% Sangiovese & 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sourced from estate-owned vineyards.
Varying exposures and elevation.
Alluvial soil with pebbles and sand.
Hand harvested between the second half of September and early October.
Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
Aged for 24 months - part in Allier oak and part in Slavonian oak. It then ages for 8-12 more months in the bottle before release.
The Castell'in Villa wines are always released a year to two years after most of their peers. They are one of the oldest estates and have wines in their cellar dating back to 1971.
The Santa Croce bottling from Castell’in Villa is their IGT cuvée, being comprised of a fifty-fifty blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon. Like the Poggio delle Rose bottling, this is aged in a combination of Allier oak barriques and Slavonian oak botti. The 2008 Santa Croce is quite classic in ripeness, tipping the scales at 13.5 percent and offering up a fine, youthful bouquet of cassis, black cherries, a touch of Tuscan herbs, dark soil tones, a touch of road tar, cigar smoke and cedar. On the palate the wine is young, full-bodied, focused and tightly-knit, with a fine core of fruit, firm, ripe tannins, good, tangy acids and fine length and grip on the still quite structured and primary finish. This still needs a good eight to ten years to really blossom, but should prove to be excellent when it has had sufficient time in the cellar. 2024-2055+
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