Campo alle Comete Vermentino 2018
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Campo alle Comete estate is located at the foot of Castagneto Carducci, in province of Livorno. The property extends over 17 Ha, 14.5 of which are vineyards and 2.5 hectares are olive trees. The grape varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot, planted between 1993 and 2007, are all written into the Bolgheri DOC registry.
The winery practices sustainable farming, and in 2016 they started the conversion of the vineyards to organic. The type of soil is mostly loose/sandy with some clay and a part of limestone. The mild temperatures, constant winds, and significant temperature fluctuations between day and night create ideal conditions for a balanced growth of the vines and an excellent grape maturation. The result are healthy grapes, favored by a lower attack of botrytis and diseases. Their aromatic, intense scents and their ripe, fine tannins characterize the wines and create a good pleasantness even at an early age.
The estate was acquired in February 2016 by famous Feudi di San Gregorio winery in Tuscany. The name Campo alle Comete is an antique toponym from this area, which disappeared over time. The whole representation of Campo alle Comete, with its magical name (Cometa means “guiding star” or "Comet" in Italian), wants to bring the consumer into a dream world. Nicoletta Ceccoli, an illustrator from San Marino and winner of various art awards, has designed not only its logo but also a dreamlike picture, exhibited at the winery, from which they have also taken the fairy images represented in the labels. The director of Campo alle Comete is Jeanette Servidio. Together with oenologist Stefano Di Blasi, she has created 4 high quality wines within the DOC Bolgheri and IGT Toscana appellations.
One of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano coming in second.
Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, scattered with vineyards.
Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright and juicy red fruit, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity and ageability. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello expresses well the particularities of vintage variations and is thus popular among collectors. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Carmignano and the island of Elba.
A fantastic, aromatic white grape that grows with great success in Sardinia, Tuscany and in lesser proportions on the island of Corsica. Somm Secret—Vermentino is thought to be genetically identical to Liguria’s Pigato grape and Peidmont’s Favorita. It comprises a large proportion of the whites in southern France where it is called Rolle.