Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2010 Maremma Toscana Serrata is quite pretty. Bright red fruit, flowers, spices and licorice jump from the glass as this delicate, floral Sangiovese/Alicante blend shows off its considerable charm. If served slightly chilled, the Serrata would make a delicious warm weather red. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014. (Jun 2012)
The Belguardo estate is located on the hills between Grosseto and Montiano, about six miles inland from Italy’s west coast. The vineyards are at an altitude of 230-426 ft and with south-southwestern slopes between 10-19%. It comprises a total of 70 hectares (173 acres), including 32 hectares (79 acres) of specialized vineyards, making it one of the most important estates in Maremma. The soil is characterized by an elevated presence of limestone and sandstone rocks, with an important backbone and a texture that ranges from medium, with good water retention, to sandy soil with excellent drainage. The plant density in the Serrata vineyards varies is 6,600 plants per hectare, mostly with spur cordon and Guyot training. Apart from the unique position of the vineyards, the microclimate is strongly influenced by the vicinity of the sea – 10 kilometers as the crow flies. In particular, there are strong thermals in the spring and summer. The microclimate is characterized by low humidity and below average rainfall.
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes were hand-harvested from September 12 (Sangiovese) and September 1 (Alicante). The grapes underwent a temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 82-86˚F for 7-14 days and maceration for 14-16 days at 68-75˚F.