Campo alla Sughera Bolgheri Superiore Arnione 2012
The wine estate has 16.5 hectares under cultivation and the very best terroir. Light, multilayered soils in a sun-blessed location well ventilated by mild sea breezes – that is home to the wines and the nursery for excellent grapes that are gently harvested and lovingly tended in intensive manual work processes until the time is ripe.
In the vineyard they work on the model of the “médocaine” method employed in the Bordeaux region, with a very high vine density combined with low vine height. They have also divided the vineyard into 15 microsites and 38 plots. In the interest of consistent quality, the grapes are harvested in the traditional style at the vine on the basis of the low-yield principle, a time-consuming but rewarding process.
An outstanding wine region made famous by Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, who planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines for his own consumption in 1940s on his San Guido estate, and called the resulting wine, Sassicaia. Today the region’s Tuscan reds are based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which can be made as single varietal wines or blends. The local Sangiovese can make up no more than 50% of the blends. Today Sassicaia has its own DOC designation within the Bogheri DOC appellation.
Bonarda is a name given to a handful of distinct grape varieties, mainly growing in Italy and in Argentina. In Lombardy’s Oltrepò Pavese and Emilia Romagna’s Colli Piacentini zones, the grape called Bonarda is actually Croatina. In Novara, Bonarda Novarese, often blended with Spanna (Nebbiolo), is actually Uva Rara. DNA profiling shows that most of the Bonarda in Argentina is actually identical to California’s Charbono—and Charbono is actually the Douce Noire grape from Savoie. Somm Secret—Bonarda Piemontese, an aromatic variety, is the only true Bonarda. Before phylloxera, it covered 30% of Piedmontese vineyard acreage.