Indaco, Toscana IGT – 2016
Indaco (in-da-ko) is Italian for “indigo.” It is often the color of the sky at sunset at Tenuta Sette Cieli.
- Vineyards: Monteverdi Marittimo (Livorno)
- Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards
- Cultivation: 100% organic (not certified); all work is done by hand
- Size: 7 hectares (17.3 acres)
- Vine Age: Planted 2001-2002
- Soil: Medium-textured; black slate, granite rock and clay
- Elevation: 400 meters (1,312 feet) above sea level
- Density: 9,300 vines/hectare (3,765 vines/acre)
- Training: Guyot
- Fermentation: In stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures; with indigenous yeast; 100% malolactic
- Maceration: Cold with dry ice for 6-7 days
- Aging: 18 months in French oak (35% new)
- Varietal Composition: 33% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot
- Alcohol: 14.5%
Malbec, Cabernet and Merlot come together perfectly in this stimulating, complex and structured wine, better expressing the complex and rich terroir with spicy and red-fruit aromas. Freshness, structure, persistence — this is a wine that preserves unchanged traits of the original season and terroir, intensified by 18 months in French oak.
Tenuta Sette Cieli Indaco, Toscana IGT – 2016 – Vinous – 92 Points
The 2016 Indaco (Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot) is laced with a whole range of floral and savory notes that give it a very distinctive aromatic profile. Crushed raspberry, blood orange, rose petal, mint and cedar are all laced together. Medium in body and silky, the 2016 has plenty to offer. I find the aromatics a bit diffuse, although aeration does seem to help. Otherwise, this Malbec-based blend is nicely done.