Gabbiano Solatio 2012
Located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, Castello di Gabbiano has been protecting its estate-grown grapes since its construction in the 12th century. The breathtaking 328-acre estate is framed by hillside Sangiovese vineyards and olive groves and has long been recognized for producing great wine in the rich Tuscan tradition. Today, the wines of Gabbiano are crafted by Winemaker Federico Cerelli, a native Tuscan with a passion for innovation. Castello di Gabbiano continues to be a part of Tuscany’s historical fabric as one of the leading wine estates in the region.
About the Wine
In the 12th century Castello di Gabbiano was constructed in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, just south of Florence. The story has long been told that the Gabbiano Knight, or Cavaliere, protected the Castello di Gabbiano estate from outside invaders. On the label, the Cavaliere vividly symbolizes the robust charm and tradition of the Chianti region. Today, this 252-acre estate of vineyards and olive groves is equipped with a modern fermentation cellar, yet the wines are still crafted by Winemaker Federico Cerelli in the rich and ancient Tuscan winemaking tradition.
About the Vineyard
Solatio is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grown on southwestern facing hillsides at elevations averaging nearly 600 feet. Sandy, clay-rich soils force the moderate-yielding vines to compete for nutrients, producing fruit that is deep in color and rich in concentration.
About the Vintage
The 2012 growing season began with a rather long winter, and that cooling trend continued through flowering in May. The summer brought warm, dry temperatures and made for a very long harvest season overall. Rain at the end of August further extended the ripening season and helped with overall acidity and development of all varietals. Overall, it was a warmer vintage but one of good quality.
The fruit for this wine was harvested over a several week period as each vineyard lot reached full and uniform ripeness. The grapes were crushed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for approximately one week and allowed extended skin contact for approximately two weeks. For maximum color and flavor extraction, the juice was pumped over and punched down at intervals determined on site by winemaker Federico Cerelli. The wine matured in cement tanks for approximately eight months prior to bottling.
The 2012 Solatio is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes, most coming from the coastal area of Tuscany. With a beautiful deep purple color, the wine shows notes of wild berries and tobacco on the fruit-forward nose. Supple and vibrant in the mouth with pure flavors of black raspberry and strawberry jam, this is an approachable wine with smooth tannins and nice balance.
I.G.T. Rosso di Toscana
50% Syrah, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Sangiovese