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Rocca di Frassinello
Le Sughere di Frassinello Maremma Toscana DOC

This wine takes its name from the cork trees (“sughero” in Italian) that surround the vineyard. A wine of great character, the native Sangioveto and the international varietals Cabernet and Merlot are blended together to realize an ideal Italian-French wine.

Owner: Paolo Panerai
Website: www.castellare.it/eng/introFrassinello.html
Winemaker: Alessandro Cellai
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 50% Sangioveto, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard Location: Giuncarico/Gavorrano-Grosseto
Orientation: South west, South east
Elevation: From 40 to 100 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 1999-2003
Trellising: Spurred cordon
Vines/Acre: 5,800/Ha
Soil: Schist soil and medium mixture rich on clay and skeleton

Maceration on the skins with frequent delestages and pumpings over for 20-25 days. Fermentation using natural yeasts in stainless steel for 15 days at a controlled temperature of 27°C.

Aging Process
12 months in 225L French barriques; bottle refined for nine months.

Tasting Notes
Color: Deep ruby red
Bouquet: Le Sughere di Frassinello bursts from the glass with an exciting melange of sweet red cherries, herbs, licorice and tobacco
Flavor: It shows lovely mid-palate depth in a medium-bodied, sleek style supported by firm yet well-integrated tannins
Pairings: Ideal with all roasts, grills, barbecues, and with sautéed fillets of beef. Great with cheeses as well

Alcohol Content: 14%
Serving Temperature: 60-62°F
Production: 100,000 bottles