I Balzini Red Label
“Wine, wine which I have set aside! Idle, I drink at the eastern window.”
Tao Ch’Ien (365-427 d.C.)
Color: Ruby red with light purple highlights.
Aroma: An ample and balanced bouuet with floral notes accompanied by red berry fruit and light sensations of spices such as cinnamon and liquorice.
Flavor: A good structure with flavors of much immediacy, round, balanced, and of good perisstence.
Name del vino: I BALZINI Red Label IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) Toscana.
Soil: Of Pliocene origin, sedimentary formations characterized by the presence of alternating strata of yellow sands and clay with a notable presence of marine fossils.
Micro-climate: Warm and temperate with average to elevated precipitation, with cold winters and warm to very warm summers and particularly sunny late afternoons and sunsets given the precise western exposure.
Exposure: Southwestwards, with a north to south orientation of the vine rows.
Vineyard Work: Lavorazione del suolo alternata ad inerbimento, potatura della vite a cordone speronato. Alla vendemmia i grappoli vengono raccolti a mano, posti in piccole cassette e selezionati ancora sul nastro trasportatore.
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
Fermentation and aging: The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 79° Fahrenheit (26° centigrade) and is followed by a six month aging period in used oak barrels. This process gives the wine a dynamism and vivacity of aroma and flavor while maintaining an excellent structure on the palate.
Suggestions: Blend elegante, profumato, dal piacevole impatto gustativo.
With food: A wine for an entire meal, perfect with salame and medium-aged cheese.
Particular characteristcis: A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet further rounded by the addition of Merlot. A discreet use of oak gives it a fresh character, that of a “Super Tuscan to drink”.