From Michele Satta, winemaker and owner:
The vineyard which produces this wine was planted in 1991 with Merlot, Cabernet, Sangiovese and Syrah with the intention of expressing an affirmation of the highest quality from the Bordelaise Varietals planted in Bolgheri, combined with the ability of elegance throughout the Tuscan Sangiovese and the complexity of the Mediterranean Syrah. Since 2012 I decided to confer this wine the Superior mention because after almost 20 vintages of this label I am fully aware that the first intuition of this blend, well represents the name of Bolgheri.
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese
Harvest period: early September (Merlot) up to the first week of October (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Vineyards: Torre, Poderini, Vignanova, i Castagni, Campastrello
Vinification: the fermentation of each variety is handled separately in cone-truncated oak barrels of 30 hl. Only natural yeasts are present. We start with two daily manual pressings of the cap of the wine eventually ending with one. An open pumping over procedure is made only if necessary. With frequent tastings we carefully choose the time of the drawing off (usually after about 20 days), from which the wine goes directly into barriques.
Fining: the wine rests in French oak barriques (1/5 new) for a period of 18-24 months.
Longevity: 20 years
94 Points, Anthony Galloni, 2013 Vintage
92 Points, James Suckling, 2013 Vintage
93 Points, James Suckling, 2012 Vintage
91 Points, Wine Spectator, 2011 Vintage