Vintage: 2008
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Appellation: IGT Toscana
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: 50% Sangiovese & 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Sourced from estate-owned vineyards.
Orientation: Varying exposures and elevation.
Soil: Alluvial soil with pebbles and sand.
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
Rating: 92+
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+