Michele Satta Cavaliere 2005 $34.98
92 Points, Robert Parker
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Known as one of the best Sangioveses of Tuscany, it’s also the pride of winemaker, Michele Satta. The wine boasts intense primary aromas of fruit with prune, cherry and violets in harmony with vanilla and chocolate. Secondary aromas are leather and tobacco.
A full-bodied wine with tannins which are soft and elegant. A wine of great elegance, lush and rich on the palate with refined aromas. Sensual and balanced!
Sangiovese is grown widely in Italy, and is the main grape in the finest Tuscan wines. It is unique to Bolgheri, where this wine is grown, because many of the vineyards in the region are planted to non-Tuscan varietals--chiefly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
This exquisite wine is produced from selected Sangiovese grapes which are harvested at full maturation, in the latter days of September. They then are de-stemmed and fermented in open wooden casks. Maceration of the skins occurs for 20 days, with the cap manually pushed down 3–4 times per day. Following pressing, the wine is transferred into 35 hectoliter oak casks for 12 months. It is then bottled, without being filtered, and remains in bottle in the cellar for approximately one year.
The Michele Satta Cavaliere is a voluptuous Sangiovese with a slight salinity that veers to black olive but pulls back into a beautiful layered expression of chocolate. A glass-staining beauty with plump blackberry and kirsch notes, and just a whiff of Cuban tobacco in the mid palate.
Michele Satta is a wine maker from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. He is revered as a pre-eminent viticulturist and a traditionalist. He is regarded as the “one to go to” for new winemakers on the where, what, and how’s of growing a winery. He collaborated with the well known Ornellaia winery in the region, internationally acclaimed for its quality and prestige. Michele has personally selected the best plants, and today Satta is the only producer in Bolgheri who loves the challenge of this native and unique grape. The focus in the vineyard is to obtain the maximum expression from the vine, while working toward a natural, harmonious equilibrium within the vineyard.
The region of Bolgheri in Tuscany is known for the “Super Tuscan” movement that began as a revolt against wine laws that many producers found to be restrictive. Bolgheri was considered too extreme to farm, with much sandy soil and wind making it difficult to grow grapes. Despite the terrain, Michele Satta worked tirelessly to produce Tuscan grape varieties, indigenous to the land. This is indicative in this 100% Sangiovese, unique to this part of the country.