Tenuta Sette Cieli

Tuscany, Italy

Scipio, Toscana IGT – 2009

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  • Introduction

    • Scipio (skeep-e-oh) was a famous Roman military general and statesman who defeated Hannibal at the final battle of the Second Punic War in 202 BC.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards
    • Location: Hillside vineyards surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
    • Cultivation: 100% organic; all work is done by hand
    • Size: 17.3 acres
    • Vine Age: Planted 2001-2002
    • Soil: Medium-textured; black slate, granite rock and clay
    • Elevation: 1,300 feet
    • Density: 3,760 vines/acre
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • A warm summer led to good development in the vineyards. Despite rain at the end of harvest, the vineyards yielded excellently ripened fruit.

    • Harvest Date(s): October 15-20
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures; with indigenous yeast; 100% malolactic
    • Maceration: Cold with dry ice for 6-7 days
    • Barrel Aging: 24 months in 60-gallon French oak (40% new)
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The different lots of Cabernet Franc that went into the 2009 Scipio were vinified separately, resulting in a unique wine that seduces with its fruity aromas and spicy notes. This is complex wine of concentration, balance and finesse.
      Aging Potential: 25-30 years

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Reviews

  • Scipio, Toscana IGT – 2009 – 91 points – Wine Spectator

    "Dark and brooding, this dense red exudes plum, blackberry, tar and iron flavors, building to a long, tobacco-laced aftertaste. Think grilled beef or wild boar."

  • Scipio, Toscana IGT – 2009 – 90 points, Year’s Best Tuscan Reds – Wine & Spirits

    “…this 100 percent cabernet franc is firm and concentrated, showing rich, dark fruit edged with leafy tobacco, menthol, spices and espresso. Its brawny tannins and ferrous mineral notes...”

  • Scipio, Toscana IGT – 2009 – Tasting: Tenuta Sette Cieli – Knives & Corks

    “Organic…it has a fabulous leathery aroma...Tasting notes claim it is seductive with fruit aromas and spicy notes, and that it is complex with concentration.”

  • Scipio, Toscana IGT – 2009 – Good Neighbors – Robb Report

    “This 100 percent Cabernet Franc exudes aromas of blueberry, blackberry, and bittersweet chocolate, while on the palate, leather, cinnamon, allspice, and sweet oregano precede the prolonged finish.”

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