“Il Borro” is an intense mauve colour, with purplish reflections.
The bouquet is full and intense, concentrated, with notes of underbrush and with spicy scents.
Taste: It is dry, with good body and soft tannins, a good consistency, well integrated and persistent.
Wine Enthusiast 88 points - This opens with aromas of bell pepper and red currant that carry over to the palate along with plum and black pepper. It initially offers fleshy fruit layered with chocolate, espresso and oak sensations but it then finishes abruptly on an astringent note thanks to drying and bitter wood tannins. (Dec 2013)
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Wine maker notes
The vineyards have a density of 4.500
plants per hectare and are all at an average height of 300 metres above sea level.
With the end-of-August pruning, each plant produces a maximum of 1 kg of grapes, and therefore 4500 kg of grapes per hectare, with a wine yield of 3,000 l per hectare.
The grapes are hand-harvested, de-stemmed and sorted manually, and are then pressed and gravity-fed to the vinification tanks.
Each variety is vinified separately.
On the first day of fermentation, the wine undergoes a slight draining of 10-20%, so as to obtain half a litre of wine from each kg of grapes, increasing its concentration.
Maceration on the skins continues for 22 days in stainless-steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28°C.
Alcoholic fermentation lasts 10 days on average.
Immediately after racking, the wine is placed in new Allier oak barrels. At the first pouring, after the malolactic fermentation, which takes place around the month of November, the four grape varieties are blended.
Maturation in casks lasts 18 months; after this period, the wine is filtered and bottled.
“Il Borro” remains in the cellar for a further 8 months for the final maturing in bottles, before being sold.
Roasted or stewed meats and mature cheeses.
A thousand-year long history, that of Il Borro, having as its protagonists illustrious families who decided the fate of Tuscany, like the Pazzi, the Medici Tornaquinci and the Savoia families, right up to the current ownership of Ferruccio Ferragamo.
His ”fate” was decided when he was out with a hunting party - Ferruccio Ferragamo fell in love with the Il Borro Estate in 1985, then still belonging to Duke Amedeo D’Aosta.
For years the Ferragamo family rented the Tuscan Estate, up to 1993, when it decided to purchase the entire property, including the Medieval Village (at that time in a very poor state of repair) and the Manor house, which had been destroyed by attacks during the Second World War.
What today is considered the Il Borro Estate, actually arose as a place with a long past which would be a meeting-place and a source of work for residents in the area. The heart of the Estate is really the small Medieval Village which, with a history going back to far-away 1039, is built on the craggy rocks of the ”borro”, a term used to indicate a ravine formed by the bed of a stream.
Today the Estate has returned to a new splendour, thanks to the care lavished on it and the lengthy restoration work carried out by the new owners.
The bygone traditions of these places live again, as they always did in the past.