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Rocca di Montemassi Sassabruna

2014 Highly intense ruby red. Rich and complex with up-front notes of ripe red fruit and wild berries accompanied by scents of spices and licorice. A persistent and slightly spicy finish. This full-bodied wine combines superbly with dishes of the Tuscan tradition such as grilled steak, roast game and hard savory cheeses.
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$40.00 / Bottle   $480.00 / Case
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The Rocca di Montemassi Estate is situated in the Monteregio zone, a long-standing wineproducing district that gained D.O.C. status relatively recently. The zone itself constitutes a highly distinctive terroir between the shoreline and the local hills boasting rich metal deposits. The Estate lies on lower to mid-hillside slopes in the hamlet of Montemassi, part of the district of Roccastrada in Tuscany’s coastal Maremma area. Rocca di Montemassi cultivates 262 acres of vineyards, selected from the Estate’s total area of 1,040 acres, in order to obtain top-quality grapes.

Tenuta Rocca di Montemassi’s agronomists utilize either Cordon Spur or Double Guyot training systems, depending on the physiological characteristics of the individual grape variety being grown. The cultivation of the vines is supervised by a staff of agronomists, who study the vegetative and fruit-yielding development of the various varieties in order to highlight the specific characteristics. The techniques they adopt must also be environment-friendly; weed-killers, for example, have been replaced by traditional tilling of the soil.

Sassabruna is made from a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah. The must obtained from grapes harvested when fully ripe is vinified in vertical fermenting devices for about 20 days at a temperature of 28°C. (82°F.), followed by malolactic fermentation. Afterward, the wine is matured in 350-liter (92 gallons) French oak barrels for 12 months, followed by further fining of four months in the bottle.