Migliara Cortona DOC Syrah 2010

Tenimenti d'Alessandro is the pioneering winery for Rhône-style wines in Cortona. The winery began experimenting with ten 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.

Migliara (named for a millet field that once existed there) is 100% Syrah produced from a half-hectare vineyard named I Cipressi (the cypress). It is only produced in top vintages. This vineyard lies 300 meters above sea level and was planted in 2000 at a density of 8500 plants per hectare. the wine is aged for 36 months, 1/3 in used barriques and 2/3 in large used oak casks. 

Tasting Notes

Migliara is the winery’s theoretical grand cru and is considered a step above the Borgo and Il Bosco Syrahs. The goal of Migliara is to be both intense and elegant, maintaining its freshness and finesse despite its size. The wine shows off its complexity in multiple layers of dark fruit with accents of game, spice, and flowers.

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
The Migliara vineyard
Vineyard size
2 acres
Soil composition
Clay
Training method
Cordon Spur-pruned
Elevation
984 feet
Vines/acre
3,200
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
2000
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
2006
Bottles produced of this wine
2,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Syrah
Fermentation container
Truncated, cone-shaped wooden barrels
Age of Aging Container
3-7 years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
25 days
Fermentation temperature
75-82 °F
Maceration length
25
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Length of bottle aging
13 months
Size of aging container
225 L and 32 HL
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
36 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.5 %
pH level
3.5
Residual sugar
1 g/L
Acidity
6 g/L
Dry extract
31 g/L

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