Quattrodicembre Santa Barbara
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.
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