Santa Cristina Casasole Orvieto Classico Amabile 2009
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Antinori have been producing Orvieto for eighty-five years; ‘Amabile’ or semi-sweet was the original style of the appellation and remains deliciously round and fruity. Campogrande is ideal for those who prefer a light, crisp, dry style of Orvieto. The 2008 vintage growing season suffered from a rainy spring, causing problems for the flowering and fruit setting. Luckily the following summer was dry and not too hot, the grapes were healthy and had the right balance of sugar and acidity at the time of harvest. Grapes were destemmed and soft-pressed before the must was immediately cooled down to 10°C for settling. The clear juice was racked into stainless steel tanks for alcoholic fermentation at 18ºC. The temperature was lowered to 0ºC towards the end of fermentation to halt the process and leave some residual sugar in the wine. Refined and elegant with floral aromas. Fruity and well-balanced with some sweetness on the finish.