Il Bosco Syrah Cortona DOC 2013

Tenimenti Luigi 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.

Il Bosco (the forest) is a selection of 100% Syrah from three vineyards planted between 1988 and 1995 at a density of 7000 vines per hectare. The vineyards are situated at 280 to 300 meters above sea level and are hand-harvested. The wine is aged for 36 months, 1/3 in used barriques and 2/3 in large used oak casks.

Tasting Notes

Il Bosco is the winery’s theoretical premier cru with considerably more density and complexity than the entry-level Borgo Syrah. The wine shows clear varietal definition with dark fruit, floral aromas, and peppery spice while also maintaining its Tuscan (specifically Cortona) identity with vivid acidity and muscular tannins.

Food Pairing

Syrah, with its spicy flavors, full body and firm tannins, is a natural match to grilled or smoked meat, and dishes featuring earthy flavors such as herbs, mushrooms, and onions. Pair Syrah with a platter of mixed roasted meats like pork, rabbit, poultry, and fowl, or a classic bistecca alla fiorentina

Production Info
Vineyard name
Plots within the Il Bosco, I Cani, Pozzo Vecchio, and Cipressi Vineyards
Vineyard size
9 acres
Soil composition
Clay
Training method
Cordon Spur-pruned
Elevation
924-990 feet
Vines/acre
3,200
Exposure
Northeastern
Year vineyard planted
1988
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
1992
Bottles produced of this wine
15,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Syrah
Fermentation container
Truncated, cone-shaped wooden barrels
Age of Aging Container
One-two years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
15 days
Fermentation temperature
75-82 °F
Maceration technique
Cold Soak Maceration
Maceration length
20-22
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
10 months
Size of aging container
225 L and 34 HL
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
23 months in barrels; 6 months in cement

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