Fontarca Toscana IGT Viognier 2015

Tenimenti d'Alessandro is the pioneering winery for Rhône-style wines in Cortona. The winery began experimenting with 10 acres of Syrah in the late 1980s and discovered that Cortona was ideally suited to Rhône varietals. They followed with an additional 80 acres and are now recognized as the benchmark producer of Syrah and Viognier in Italy.

Cortona sits to the east of Montepulciano in southeastern Tuscany. The mesoclimate of the area is almost identical to that of the Northern Rhône: hot and sunny with cool temperatures at night. The vineyards are planted to Northern Rhône clones of Viognier and Syrah and are farmed organically.

Fontarca (named for a “fonte” or natural spring near the vineyard) is 100% Viognier from a single-vineyard planted in 1991. The vineyard is densely planted at 7,000 to 8,500 plants per hectare between 290 and 300 meters above sea level. Fontarca was partially fermented and aged in large, truncated French oak casks for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

The wine shows classic Viognier aromas and flavors of stone fruit, honey, and citrus blossom with accents of hay, wildflowers, fennel, and orange zest. Vinifying in oak cask adds an added dimension of texture, although Cortona’s terroir can be clearly felt with unexpected freshness and a clean mineral expression on the palate.

Food Pairing

Viognier, with its pronounced aroma and opulence, is ideally paired with whipped salt cod (baccalà) or a mild white fish such as baked sea bass poached in rice wine and miso. Fontarca possesses enough weight to work with white meats, while its freshness would complement a light salad of fennel and oranges.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Fontarca vineyard
Vineyard size
2 acres
Soil composition
Clay
Training method
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation
915-951 feet
Vines/acre
2,800
Yield/acre
2 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1991
Harvest time
Late August
First vintage of this wine
1990
Bottles produced of this wine
4,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Viognier
Fermentation container
Barrels (Truncated Cone)
Age of Aging Container
7 years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
64 °F
Maceration length
8 hours (in press)
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
3 months
Size of aging container
20 HL Truncated Cone
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %

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