IGT Toscana 2009 Variazioni in Rosso dell Ornellaia


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Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc


The 2009 growing year was warm and sunny, conditions that were quite favourable to late-ripening varieties such as Petit Verdot. In addition to ripening slowly, Petit Verdot is also a delicate grape, and does best when weather conditions give it a long period it to ripen without rain. This allows its tannins to mellow which can otherwise at times be rather aggressive. 2009 vintage saw just such conditions, and the year proved to be one of the finest for the Petit Verdot variety, which we selected as the prime component in the blend for Variazioni in Rosso 2009. This year’s wine features all of the varietal characteristics classic to Petit Verdot. Its colour is deep and intense, the nose very emphatic, with notes of dark berry fruit, but of flowers and spice as well. Its hallmark of forcefulness is well on display in the mouth, with fine concentration of fruit. The tannins are dense and muscular, yet rounded and in balance, so that the wine overall exhibits a closely-woven, velvety texture.

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