Scipio, Toscana IGT – 2016
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.
- Vineyards: Monteverdi Marittimo (Livorno)
- 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: 7 hectares (17.3 acres)
- Vine Age: Planted 2001-2002
- Soil: Medium-textured; black slate, granite rock and clay
- Elevation: 1,300 feet; 400 meters
- Density: 3,760 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
- Barrel Aging: 24 months in French oak (40% new)
- Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc
- Alcohol: 14.5%
The nose seduces with complex aromas of fruit and spicy notes. Its exquisite fi nesse and elegance combined with the complex structure make it a wine with a rare character, a meditation wine.
Tenuta Sette Cieli Scipio, Toscana IGT – 2016 – Vinous – 94 Points
The 2016 Scipio, the estate’s top Cabernet Franc, is impressive. Deep and powerful in the glass, the 2016 packs a serious punch. Dark macerated cherries in liqueur, spice, leather, sweet pipe tobacco and dried herbs are some of the many nuances that come alive in the glass. Broad and resonant, the Scipio shows the darker, more brooding side of Franc off to great effect. Hopefully the tannins will soften from here, as there is quite a bit of potential. The 2016 is one of the finest wines I have tasted from Sette Cieli.