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Azienda Agricola Casa Raia
Bevilo Toscana IGT
2014
Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Italy, Tuscany, Super Tuscan IGT
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
Style: Smooth and Silky



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Description

The name Bevilo is a playful referance to an old Tuscan drinking song "Bevi lo!....vino fa canta" meaning, drink up.....wine makes you sing!!

A blend of 90% Sangiovese Grosso and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (from the 2010 vintage), sourced from two terraced estate vineyards, planted in 1997.

Early summer, the careful removal of grape clusters lowers the yield per plant to increase the quality of the wine. The spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast present in the vineyards, and an approximate 2 week maceration of the must contributes to the fruity character of the wine. Fermentation temperature is limited to 27-28°C.

After fermentation the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and 5% of the Sangiovese was transferred to 400 litre (tonneaux) aged French-oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation takes place. The 2012 Sangiovese was fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to enhance the fresh aromatics of the grape. Careful evaluation of the intrinsic character of the different wines determined the blend. Bottled unflitered and only 1 mg/litre sulphur was added to this wine.

Will reward up to 8 years ageing in the cellar -- this beautifully textured and balanced wine fully expresses the family’s "natural" approach to wine making.

Total quantity produced is 1350 bottles (0,750ml) and the allocation for Canada is approximately 15% of production.

Technical analysis:
Alcohol (vol.%) 14.50% vol
Residual sugar / 1 g/L
Total acidity / 6.3 g/L
Volatile acidity / 0.82 g/L
pH / 3.57
Free So2 / 08 mg/L
Total So2 / 09 mg/L

Tasting Note

Our Tasting Note: Deep ruby red colour. Bold, earthy aromas and flavours of wild blackberries and dark plums with notes of cocoa and herbs. Full bodied, medium tannins, and well-balanced with a long, rich finish.

About the Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon: One of the "Top Seven Grapes" (that make up 75% of the World's wine), it is rivalled only by Merlot in terms of quantity for production of high-quality red wine. It's traditonal home is Bordeaux, but it is grown in almost every wine region in the World. Its realtive small berry size provides rich aromas and flavours -- characteristically cassis -- natural high tannins, and important structural elements for making long-lived wine.

Merlot: One of the "Top Seven" grapes (that make up 75% of the world's wine), it is the most planted quality red-wine grape in the world. With origins in France, and part of the famous Bordeaux blend, you can now find it growing almost anywhere in the World. Like Chardonnay it is fashionable as a wine-by-the-glass due to its soft nature, balancing acidity, and rich dark fruit -- think plums -- aromas and flavours.

Sangiovese: Italy's more planted red-wine grape and responsible for producing one of Italy's best DOCG wine -- Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. It is the main grape behind the Tuscany's Chianti DOCG and Morellino di Scansano DOC, and can be found in various forms and blends in neighbouring Marche (Rosso Conero DOC and Rosso Piceno DOC), Umbria, and Emilia-Romagna.

The literal translation of Sangiovese is "blood of Jove" which suggests very ancient origins, but it is generally accepted to trace back to the Etruscans who enhabited northern Italy from about the 8th century BCE until they were absorbed by the Romans Empire.

For the sake of simplicity, Sangiovese was commonly thought to come in two sizes -- small (piccolo), as in the Chianti version of the grape, and large (grosso), as in the Montalcino version of the grape -- but in fact there actually dozens of different clones/versions of the grape, and size, in reality, has no impact on the quality of the wine anyway. Sangiovese also has many synonyms including Brunello, Morellino, and Prugnolo Gentile.

Soils, yield, altitude, aspect, and location seem to have more impact on quality and taste of the Sangiovese wine. The stricter DOCG rules of Chianti and Brunello can produce spectacularly elegant wines, with deep, earthy, dark fruit aromas and flavours, fine tannins, and balancing acidity -- the best of which can age for decades. But it can also produce lively young, easy-drinking wines that are a delight to have over a plate of pasta or a pizza. One of our favouriate grapes, probably because of this versatility.

Azienda Agricola Casa Raia

Bound by a philosophy that is respectful of the land, Azienda Agricola Casa Raia adheres strictly to the principles of organic production.

Casa Raia sits on a promontory beneath the famed medieval town of Montalcino. The estate once belonged to the patriarchal family of Brunello di Montalcino the Biond Santi. This soil saw the first roots of the sangiovese vine labouring through inhospitable rock over a century ago. In 1997 the then abandoned farm house was lovingly restored and named Casa Raia after the matriarch of the new owners, Raissa Temertey.

Vintners Pierre Jean Monnoyer and his wife Kalyna Temertey have restored the vineyards with unyielding respect for the land. Espousing a philosophy that is best described as "the vine determines the wine" they are producing "natural" wines that are an expression of their deep commitment to the uncompromising production of authentic, quality wines.

Website: http://www.casaraia.com

Visits: By appintment only.

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