Cecina, Italy — In the late 1940’s the late Mario Incisa della Rochetta set out to turn the coastal section of Tuscany, known broadly as the Maremma, and more specifically, the area around the town of Bolgheri, into an “Italian Bordeaux.” After much legal maneuvering and movement of wealth one could say that Bordeaux has has come to Italy.
In 2004 Dutch entrepreneur Eric Albada Jelgersma purchased the Caiarossa winery and vineyards. Mr. Jelgersma has a good eye for all things Bordeaux-ish. He also owns Chateau Giscours and Chateau du Tertre, both Grand Cru classe properties in Margeaux, Bordeaux.
Caiarossa takes its name, explains winemaker and estate manager Dominique Genot, “…not from the buildings,” which are painted a distinctive earthy red, but from, “the local earth, the red gravel, the red ferrous stones and pebbles of this hillside.”
The vineyards reflect the French influence though the wines are undeniable Tuscan. Aside from Sangiovese, planted in the 96 acres/39ha are mainly French varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Chardonnay, Viognier and Petit Manseng. The vineyard is biodynamically farmed.
Caiarossa produces three wines, the Caiarossa, a Sangiovese, Cab., Cab Franc, Merlot blend with small amounts of Alicante, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Mourvedre. The wine is aged in French oak for about 18 months. The second is the Pergolaia, a Sangiovese driven wine (90%) with a dash of Merlot and Cab. Franc thrown in. Last is their late harvest Oro di Caiarossa, 100% Petit Manseng of which they only produce 1,260 bottles.
For more information contact:
Podere Serra All’Olio, 59
Other Tuscan Wineries profiled in this series:
Badia a Coltibuono
Fattoria San Donato
Tenuta Guicciardini Strozzi
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