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Castellaccio 2016 – Fattoria Uccelliera

Castellaccio 2016 - Fattoria Uccelliera - © Ph. Piero Pardini Sommelier
Written by Piero Pardini

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Wine: Castellaccio
Variety composition: 60% Sangiovese 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alcoholic strength: 13.5% vol.
Vintage: 2016.
Classification: Tuscany I.G.T..
Production area: Tuscany.
Municipality of production: Fauglia (Pisa).
Altitude: 150 m a.s.l.
Exposure: South-West
Position: hilly
Soil composition: medium mixture-sandy.
Training system: Spurred cordon
Vine density: 5000 plants / hectare
Average age of the vines: 15 years
Yield of grapes per hectare: 60 quintals
Yield of grapes per plant: 1.2 kg
Summer thinning: one step, in mid-July
Harvest: manual, in mid-October
Vinification: fermentation in steel tanks in contact with the skins for about 15-20 days with pumping over and punching down with breaking and immersion of the cap.
Fermentation temperature: approx. 30°C
Malolactic fermentation: yes.
Aging: in 225 L oak barrels from the French Central Massif for 14 months.
Refinement in the bottle: at least twelve months.
Longevity: over ten years.
Serving temperature: 18 ° C.

Visual exam
Clarity: limpid
Color: ruby red
Consistency: consistent
Observations: intense, impenetrable with grenade textures.

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity, herbaceous, spicy and toasted
Remarks: intense notes of slightly withered red flowers, followed by elegant notes of ripe dark berry fruits, such as cherry durone, blackberry and mulberry, all wrapped in hints reminiscent of crème de cassis, herbaceous notes reminiscent of the tomato and the peel of its fruit, notes of sweet spices such as cinnamon and star anise, elegant toasted aromas enrich the bouquet, including leather and ultra-dark chocolate stick, in the finish notes of mushroom, truffle and soil soaked in undergrowth are perceived.

Taste – olfactory examination
Sugars: dry
Alcohols: warm
Polyalcohols: smooth
Acids: moderately fresh
Tannins: tannic
Minerality: moderately mineral
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: balanced
Intensity: intense
Length: long
Quality: good

Final remarks
State of Evolution: mature
Harmony: harmonious
Observations: elegant and intriguing aromas of various kinds, balanced taste, intense, long persistence and overall fine. Aftertaste of black coffee and licorice.


Pairings: stuffed guinea fowl with meat jus.

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Fattoria Uccelliera
Via Roncione 9 (Cantina)
56042 Crespina Lorenzana (Pisa)
Phone +39 050 662747

About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor of "The Wolf Post", Italian based International digital wine platform.
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.
He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the authorized biography "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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