Viticulture: Hand harvested between the second half of September and early October.
Vinification: Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
Aging: 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.
Production: 500 cases.
Notes: 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.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
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+