Magnum Giorgio Bartholomaus IGT Toscana, Tenuta Argentiera
Magnum Giorgio Bartholomaus IGT Toscana, Tenuta Argentiera
All Merlot, the 2010 Giorgio Bartholomaus is a wine of soaring aspirations. Many producers have recently joined the race to create the definitive Merlot from coastal Tuscany that may, or may not, one day knock Masseto off its pedestal. This wine makes a concerted effort. It opens with dark, impenetrable density and thickly extracted tones of dark plum, cherry, clove and dark vanilla bean. The mouth-feel is chewy and syrupy: The texture is so thick and prominent, this wine leaves very little to the imagination. It just puts it all out there in one massive serving. A little cellar time should help it settle into more complexity and nuanced layering. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2026 - Robert Parker

Country and Region: Italy,Tuscany

Classification: IGT Toscana

Producer: Tenuta Argentiera

Wine Style: Red

Grape Varieties : Merlot

Vinification: The carefully selected grapes were grown in the estate’s best vineyard at altitudes of 200 m a.s.l.. The fermentation and maceration in contact with the grapes took place in concave stainless steel tanks for about 28-30 days at a controlled temperature around 28/30° C. The wine was then transferred into 225 l French oak barrels (Allier and Troncais) where malolactic fermentation was completed and it was aged for 20 months. Afterwards the wine remained for a further fining in bottle at least 12 months before its release on the market.

ABV: 14.5%

Closure: Natural Cork

Note: Robert Parker, 93+ points; Wine Spectator, 92 points; James Suckling, 91 points; Wine Enthusiast, 87 points

Case Size: 1

Case price: £ 289.95

Bottle Price: £ 289.95