Fattoria di Basciano I Pini Rosso
WHY WE LOVE IT
- After several years of testing the growing of non-traditional grape varietes, and then experiencing new blends, in 2003 they found the final “formula” for this wine. Beyond Sangiovese wines, the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in equal quantities is the best expression of the terroir at Fattoria di Basciano.
Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah.
Elaboration: The three grape varietes are fermented separately; the maceration (skin contract) lasts for about three-four weeks depending on both variety and quality of grapes. The blend is made before transferring the wine into barrels. The wine ages for eighteen months and takes place in half new and half one-year used French oak barriques. The wine is bottled for six months before being released.
Tasting Notes: Deep ruby red color. Very aromatic nose, showing plum, berry and well-integrated hints of vanilla. On the palate, it is ripe, full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish.
2015: 91 – Wine Spectator
Since the beginning of the 20th century the Masi family has owned the Fattoria di Basciano estate. The Masi family have been making wine here for three generations. They are located right in the heart of the Chianti Rufina area, on thee top of a hill overlooking the Argomenna Valley on one side, and the right bank of the Sieve river on the other. The vineyards are at an elevation of almost 1000′ above sea level, lying on a very stony soil, locally known as “Galestro”. The micro-climate is ideal for the ripening of grapes and olives. It is dry, with light breezes, marked by scarcity of rain and a remarkable range of night and day temperature in summertime. The 75 Ha property is divided by vineyards (35 Ha), olive orchards (20 Ha), and forest land (20 Ha).