Prelius

Tuscany, Italy

Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2012

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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: 37-52 meters (120-170 feet)
    • Exposure: South-southeast
    • Density: 8,649-9,884 vines/hectare (3,500-4,000 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • 2012 was a hot, dry year. There was little rainfall until mid-August, resulting in delayed ripening and low yields.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 29-September 19
  • Vinification

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

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The Cabernet Sauvignon has a vivid ruby color with a dark purple tinge. The nose is rich, displaying aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of oak and cinnamon. The wine is smooth and well-structured with a long finish tasting of red fruit.

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Reviews

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2012 – 89 points – Wine Spectator

    "Showing more herbal than fruit flavors, this dill- and cedar-tinged red takes a linear track, with dustry tannins on the finish. Cherry and berry notes lend a supporting role."

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2012 – 89 points – Wine & Spirits

    "Many of the great places in the world for steak happen to be wine-region-adjacent. In Tuscany, that might be a Chianti, or a deeper, darker cabernet sauvignon from the coast -- Prelius, Castello di Volpaia's Maremma winery, makes a terrific example for $16."

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2012 – 89 points, Best Buy – Wine & Spirits

    "Prelius is Castello di Volpaia's estate in Maremma, where the Stianti Mascheroni family farms…organically to produce this wine. Its spicy scent of cedar and herbs is intriguing; its flavors of tart cherries and cherry tomatoes are simple and clean.”

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2012

    The Cabernet Sauvignon has a vivid ruby color with a dark purple tinge. The nose is rich, displaying aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of oak and cinnamon. The wine is smooth and well-structured with a long finish tasting of red fruit.

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