Prelius

Tuscany, Italy

Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2010

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  • Label

    • The Label:

      The Prelius label reflects the fluid nature of a coastal lake which was once where the vineyards of the Maremma region in Tuscany are today. As the area has evolved, it has established itself as an excellent location for viticulture and winemaking. The Prelius vineyards are located on a hilltop along what was once the shore of the ancient lake, three kilometers (nearly two miles) from the Tyrrhenian Sea.

      The winery has received high-profile recognition for its contemporary label design, including a “Gold Label” award from Vinitaly’s International Packaging Competition and a “Red Dot” award by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Maremma
    • Cultivation: 100% organic
    • Size: 12 hectares (29.7 acres) total. 6.35 hectares (15.7 acres) planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
    • Vine Age: Planted 2001-2004
    • Soil: 80% sand, 15% clay, 5% silt and gravel
    • Elevation: 35-52 meters (120-170 feet)
    • Exposure: South-southeast
    • Density: 8,649-9,884 vines/hectare (3,500-4,000 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • Overall, the 2010 growing season was quite cool and rainy. All phenolic phases were delayed by one week. Summer temperatures were never high, and there was no lack of ground water. Fruit development progressed well, promising healthy yields. Ripening was slow, and harvest was delayed in comparison to previous years.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 12-22
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 9 months in new 30-liter (800-gallon) French oak casks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a vivid ruby color with dark purple traces. The nose is complex, displaying aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of vanilla oak and cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is well-structured, showing red fruits and smooth, well-integrated tannins, with a long finish.

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2010

    The nose is complex, displaying aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of vanilla oak and cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is well-structured, showing red fruits and smooth, well-integrated tannins, with a long finish.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2010 – 90 points – Wine Spectator

    “A rich style, exhibiting black cherry, black currant, cedar and chocolate aromas and flavors. The tannins are firm, but there's plenty of fruit, so give this a year.”

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