Villa Cafaggio Pruneto Merlot (750ml)
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With records that date back to 1408, Villa Cafaggio’s estate was then referred to as “Cahago,” which means “enclosed, cultivated field.” Later in the fifteenth century, there was evidence to suggest that the property was owned by Benedictine monks of Siena. After the monks, the property would have many owners (most notably, the famous Niccolini family of Florence) but one of the more intriguing owners would be the Florentine Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova; it was believed that various fruits and vegetables were farmed during their time of ownership, along with the cultivation and production of grapes for wine and olives for oil. The land would eventually be purchased by the Farkas family in the 1860s and in 1967, the proprietors decided to renovate the wine cellars as well as replant the vineyards and olive groves.
In present day, Villa Cafaggio covers approximately 60 ha, 30 ha dedicated to vineyards and 3 ha for olive groves- the rest of the property is entirely woodlands. Nestled in “Conca d’Oro,” which means “golden basin,” this area is known as one of the best for producing Chianti Classico. Owned, operated, and managed by La-Vis Group, a financial holding company from Trento, they produce four Chianti Classico wines and two “cru” wines; Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, respectfully.
Notes of black cherry, plum, blackberry, mocha and clay. The palate is full and plush with juicy ripe dark fruit, cedar, baking spices and almond on the finish.
Basilica del Pruneto is an unblended Merlot wine obtained from the cultivation of a small 1.9-hectare vineyard on clayey soil overlooking the ‘Conca d’Oro’ (Golden basin). The soil of this vineyard is silty-clay loam, originating from grey and olive green marl limestone and calcareous sandstone. The vineyard is south facing at 320 m above sea level. Vinified at a controlled temperature, the wine matures for 18 months, in equal measure, in medium toast French Tronçais and Allier oak barriques. Full malolactic fermentation occurs.