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Morisfarms Avvoltore

Country

Italy

Region

Toscana

Producer

Moris Farms

Vintage

2013

Composition

75% SANGIOVESE, 20% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 5% SYRAH

Press

95 points Vinous

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WINEMAKER NOTES

Avvoltore is the company’s flagship wine. The grapes are collected from vineyards planted on the Poggio dell’Avvoltore hill. Its clay-limestone soil produces a strong and powerful tanning, felt when savoring the wine. The first vintage with in 1988; the blend has since undergone very few changes. In recent years it has always been characterized by these grapes: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah. The name describes the hawk of Maremma, a bird of prey that often flies over these vineyards.

TASTING NOTES

Ruby red color with purple highlights. Complex bouquet, with hints of ripe fruit and vanilla. Full bodied and soft, with a velvety mouthfeel.

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

The powerful tannin cleans the palate when eating meat dishes, especially those cooked with a tomato sauce, and also when eating aged and strong cheese. Serve at 18° C with roasts.

VINEYARD

  • Soil: clay, limestone

VITICULTURE

Harvest is the second and fourth week of September and the first and second week of October, dependent on the various varietals in the blend.

VINIFICATION

Fermentation in temperature-controlled cement tanks. “Remontage” is twice daily for the first ten days. The wine is then left for a further 15 days in contact with the skins before being racked and immediately returned in 225 liter barriques (80% new), where malolactic fermentaiton takes place. The aging of the wine in wood barrels lasts about a year and during this time “delestage” (devatting) takes place. The wine is then bottled and left to refine for another 6 months beefore being sold to the public.

PRESS

“The 2013 Avvoltore is one of the best recent editions of this wine I can remember tasting. A dark, virile wine, it is endowed with vertical structure and huge tannins to back up the fruit. Smoke, tar, licorice, dark spice and gravel infuse a core of blue and black fruit. The 2013 clearly needs time, but it is also superb, even at this early stage.”  – 95 points,  Antonio Galloni, Vinous