2016 Cignale Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana Rosso


Region: Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Viticulture: Conventional

Winemaker : Alessandro Francois

Established Date: 1981

90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Only 65% of the free-run juice is used, and parts of the press-run are then blended back into the mass. After harvesting the grapes macerate on the skins for 21 days at 82.4° F. The resulting wine ages in barriques for 20-24 months, followed by at least six months of bottle aging. Unfiltered at bottling, the wine is released four years following the harvest and cellar life is 15-20 years. Deep, dark ruby in color. Very floral and beautiful with hints of dark fruit, black currant and dried flowers, such as violets.


Sommelier’s Recommendation 

Powerful Cabernet that competes with some of the world’s best. Crafted by a Cabernet Specialist from just outside of Greve in Chianti. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and bright finish. Lots of dried citrus undertones. The wine displays Tuscan weight and structure, packed with powerful fruit and an edge of elegance. A perfect wine to complement rich meat and game dishes (wild boar of course) or  Bistecca alla Fiorentina.


In 1981, three hectares of vines were planted across three locations near Greve at 425-500 metres above sea level, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a small percentage of Merlot. Named after the wild boar of the region that both wiped out one of the first vintages, Cignale is the project of Neil Empson and friend Alessandro François of Castello di Querceto.

The vineyards were planted with five acres of new, low-yielding clones of Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, and 1.25 acres of Merlot. Another 1.25 acres were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon grafted onto 20-year-old Sangiovese vines to give some extra depth to the new wine.

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