||Altitude: 45-60 m. a.s.l.
||The selection of the finest Merlot grapes was made from the over 100 acres (40 hectares) of the variety on the estate. After the hand harvest of the crop and a selection in the cellar, the grapes went into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks where they fermented and remained in contact with their skins for a period of some 20 days. The temperature of the fermentation was handled on the basis of the ripeness level of the grapes: some fermented at somewhat low temperatures to maintain aromatic freshness, others close to 86° Fahrenheit (30° centigrade) to extract body and structuring elements. In this way, different types of Merlot were obtained, each of which then went separately into small oak barrels.
||The malolactic fermentation took place in these barrels (1/3 of which were new) and was completed by the end of the year. After 8 months of aging in French oak, the finest lots were blended together and went back into barrel for a further four months of aging. At the end of this period, the wine was then bottled and given a final six months of bottle aging before commercial release.
||Price Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Cont'Ugo 2017 € 31.50