The estate’s seven hectares of vineyards are located about 2-3 miles inland and lie just north of the official Bolgheri DOC, thus bearing the general designation “Costa Toscana”. There’s a slight valley to the topography here and the vines benefit from the gentle winds that waft through the valley, bringing night time temperatures down and preserving the acidity and aromatic complexity in the grapes.
Today, we’re focusing on his other Cabernet Franc wine, cleverly titled “Altrovino” – the “Other Wine”. The 2013 Due Mani Altrovino is a blend of Cabernet Franc (50%) and Merlot (50%). Certified organic, the wine is vinified in cement vats and then barrel aged in conical French vats for 8-10 months.
On the palate, the green flavors persist with peppers and eucalyptus joining the soft plum notes and hints of rosemary and spice. Medium bodied with finely knit tannins, this is approachable and does not need any extending aging. I’m not sure holding this would be beneficial anyway. I was disappointed here, in both the flavors of the wine and the value. $37. 86 points.
|~ The 2013 Altrovino is an easy pass for me. And did I mention how ugly the label is? ~|