Campo di Tenaglia 2017


Campo di Tenaglia (100% cabernet franc) is a 0.8-hectare vineyard grown on 1.2 meters of crumbled limestone. The vines grow facing the sunset at 550 meters of altitude.

2017 was a difficult growing season throughout Italy: the winter was completely dry; the spring brought frost to the valley again after many years; then summer temperatures were exceedingly high, with peaks of 40*C during the day, for three straight months, and little or no refreshment at night, turning the Val d’Orcia into a sort of Sahara. At harvest, the berries were tiny, all skin and seeds and no juice. The resulting wines are like black ink – dense, dark, and closed. They have a density and concentration to them, alongside an unexpected green note; the vines had shut down due to hydric stress, accounting for this strange intersection of slightly under and over ripeness at the same time.

This year, we harvested in the Campo di Tenaglia on October 6th. It is perfumed, with notes of violet and plum jam; this vintage, it’s less spicy than in past years, with powerfully dominant tannins in its youth.


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