Fioranello – 2011

As a result of the judicial interventions on the historical vines of the Fattoria di Fioranello, the pathologies have diminished, the past pruning errors corrected and the Fioranello 2011 was born. This occurred both by intuition and a favourable year climate wise. Not all the plants of the two varieties reacted in the same way, the grapes ,as a matter of fact, were of an excellent quality but heterogeneous. Hence it was decided to divide them according to the type and strength of the grape. During the blending tests, Alessia Antinori, fell in love with a wine that after an aging process of just 12 months had already found its balance. Intense, harmonious and absolutely distinctive, that wine was blended , bottled and left to mature for a further 12 months. The first few months of 2011 were characterized by a mild and dry climate that favoured the vegetative development of the vines. In the spring, the vines germinated early in comparison to the average maturation of previous years. The summer started in June, and the high temperatures and a completely dry climate contributed to an excellent growth of the grapes and rendering of the vegetative cycle. At the end of August the Merlot was harvested: the meticulous selection permitted excellent grapes to be taken to the cellar. From the very start of the vinification the perfect and varietal composites of the grapes was evident. The bunches were delicately stripped of their stalks and the grapes carefully selected in order to best preserve the distinctive aromatic components. Around mid September the Cabernet was harvested, thick skinned and intensely fragranced. The vinification was carried out keeping the mosts separated as much as possible, they were then macerated and pressed delicately by hand in order to guarantee an intensive extraction that preserved the elegance and sweetness of the tannins. From the beginning of the vinification the mosts were of a good colour and of an important structure owing to the concentration achieved in the vineyard. After drawing the wine was immediately transferred to small 5hl oak barrels where malolactic fermentation had taken place , this is how the refinement occurs. During this long phase, the different batches were constantly checked and sampled, in order to be able to achieve the maximum enhancement of the evolution in the wood barrels ready for the final blending at the end of the ageing period.
Vibrant ruby coloured with violet reflections, the nose dominated by violet and red fruits and a marked note of jam, chocolate and wood overtones. To the palate the Fioranello is mellow, round ,pungent with the mineral veins typical of the volcanic terrain surrounding Rome. The balance and mellowness lingers to the end. A pleasant and elegant wine, not excessively demanding.