2011 Podernuovo a Palazzone 'Argirio' Cabernet Franc 1.5L

  • 95 Point Tuscan Cabernet Franc
  • Owned by the Bulgari Family
  • Sustainable Practices 
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About the Wine 

The quest for excellence and love for nature has always been a passion of the Bulgari family and has brought about intense research and development of the different potentialities of the local terroirs, which have generously given back three different qualities of harmonious red wines. Giovanni Bulgari, chief executive of Podernuovo and the creative soul of this venture, is naturally drawn to all environmental issues and considers respecting nature an essential element while creating his wine. Finding a balance and harmony by reducing carbon dioxide while processing the grapes is the company’s objective.

"I wanted to create elegant wines respecting the diversity of their character: the common denominator among them is elegance, in harmony and in respect of their soil. The vines and their soil have specific needs, which must be interpreted and respected in order to obtain the best wines." ~Giovanni Bulgari

The core types of vines that grow at Podernuovo a Palazzone are Sangiovese and the most traditional expression of this region, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano, and Merlot. Argirio is a Cabernet Franc whose name comes from “argilla” which translates into “clay soil”.

Aging: 225 liter barriques for 10 months, in cement vats for 6 months 

Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Franc. Fine and elegant, intense ruby red color with purple highlights. On the nose can be perceived intense aromas of plum’s jam and cherry with delicate hints of black pepper, licorice, and cocoa. The palate is powerful and rich with elegant tannin and soft balsamic and mineral notes.

Reviews

This is firm and tannic but very finely textured. Full body with ultra-fine tannins and a long finish. Flavors of iron and spice with some terracotta. Chalky. Pure cabernet franc. The Tuscan Ausone. About 6,000 bottles. ~95 James Suckling

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