From Collazzi Estates, a few miles south of Florence, where Michelangelo constructed a villa on the estate, comes this Super Tuscan blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Syrah and 15% Sangiovese. Part of the estate lies within a natural amphitheater with a warm south-western exposure making for excellent ripening of the grapes. Each varietal is harvested and processed separately before fermentation in stainless steel vats, then aged partly in barrels and partly in stainless steel for 10 months before bottle aging for another 2.
In the glass dark cool ruby with rust around the rim, wholesome rich aromas of ripe blueberries, earth and vegetal notes. On the palate lively tannins expressed by blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, slightly balsamic edges with black pepper, spice and a very long juicy finish. SRP $23.99.