Quattrodicembre Santa Barbara

QUATTRODICEMBRE
SANTA BARBARA

Alicante
I.G.T. Toscana

The name in and of itself is evocative for its main feature: it is a late- harvest wine whose grapes are picked late fall. e fourth of December is Saint Barbara’s Day, and it remembers the saint who protected miners, thus the origins of Azienda Rigoloccio, which was once a thriving mining site.

Variety: Alicante Bouschet, late harvest

Appellation: Toscana IGT

Vintage: 2011, the grapes dry on the vine until late October

Climatic trend: Winter was quite cold with temperatures below 5 °C; spring was rather rainy and humid and summer enjoyed high temperatures.

Vinification: Macerated for 15 days; fermentation is temperature controlled and ends when 13-14% alcohol is reached and residual sugar is 100-120 g/L.

Fermentation temperature: 20° C

Aging: 16 months in first- and second-use French barrique

Bottle aging: 9 months

Aging in Bottle: 3 months

Color: Intense, bright ruby red

Aroma: Rich and ample with hints of chestnut flour and chestnut bread

Palate: Off-dry, with long finish

Alcohol content: 13.5% vol.

Total acidity and pH: 5.45 g/l; pH 3.49

Service temperature: 20° C

Food pairings: Blue-veined cheese and chocolate.

AWARDS

Guide The Wines of Italy Gambero Rosso:

2 Bicchieri 2009

Veronelli’s wines:

3 Stars 2009

Bibenda:

4 Grappoli 2009