Commercial Description: The wine shows ripe fruit on the nose along with notes of tobacco and spice. On the palate, the cherry and blackberry fruit is felt along with balanced tannins which give the wine suppleness and elegance. The finish is long and mineral in flavor, typical of the Sangiovese of Montepulciano. After a long summer, temperatures fell during the second half of the month of September, assisting an excellent ripening of the grapes. The harvest, consequently, brought ripe and healthy grapes to the cellars, pure in their expression of their fruit as a direct result of the lower temperatures during this final phase of the ripening cycle. After a fifteen day fermentation, the wine went into cask, where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation and began a twelve month period of aging. In July of 2010 the wine was bottled and was then given a further twelve months of bottle age before commercial release.