Bolgheri Superiore Casa di Terra
Wine name:Bolgheri Superiore Casa di Terra
Appellation:BOLGHERI SUPERIORE DOC
Zone:Bolgheri (province of Livorno)
Blend:100% Cabernet franc
Vineyard age (year of planting):Cabernet franc 2004,2005
Soil Type:ferrous clay soils with presence of sand
Altitude:50-100 meters above sea level
Colour:deep ruby red
Nose:Complex, intense, spices, leather, black fruit, smoke, graphite
Flavour:Warm and enticing. Velvety tannins, supple, long finish
Serving temperature (°C):16-18
Match with:elaborate red meat dishes, game, seasoned cheese, enjoyed on its own ("meditation" wine)
Grape yield per hectare tons:6.5
Vine training system: cordon spur. Vineyard density: 5,600 vines/hectare.
Vinification and ageing
After 12 hours of cold maceration, spontaneous alcoholic fermentation for 25 days at 26-28 degrees Celsius. The wine matures for 20 months in French oak barriques of a capacity of 225 liters (medium toast). 40% of the barriques are new, 40% are 2nd use and 40% are 3rd use. Finishing in the bottle for 18 months. No filtration nor clarification before bottling.
Address:Località Le Ferruggini 162/A, Bolgheri, 57020 Castagneto Carducci LIVORNO
Owner:Gessica and Giuliano Frollani
Year of establishment:1956
Total annual production:350000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):45
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):7ha Cabernet sauvignon 0.9ha Chardonnay 1.8ha Malbec 8ha Merlot 1.8ha other approved red berry varietals 1.9ha Petit Verdot 2.3ha Rebo 1.3ha Sauvignon Blanc 4.5ha Syrah 7.1ha Vermentino 1.5ha Viognier
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:cover crops on all the aisles or every second aisle is tilled depending on situation of the vineyard
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
Oenologist:Diego Mugnaini on-premise, Emiliano Falsini consultant
Fattoria Casa di Terra is a family run estate in the heart of Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast (Maremma). The Fattoria was purchased in 1956 when the grandparents of the present owners, Gessica and Giuliano Frollani, moved to Maremma from the Marche.
At first mainly fruit trees and vegetables were grown, as in most of the local farms, then in the 1990s vineyards gradually started being planted reaching 45 hectares (33 of which are within the Bolgheri DOC appellation) from the initial 3 hectares. The grape varieties are mainly French, typical of Bolgheri: Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Rebo (a cross between Merlot and Teroldego), Vermentino, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
The staff is young and very motivated. Diego Mugnaini is the on-premise oenologist and agronomist. Diego has worked with the well known oenologist Alberto Antonini and has had experience abroad in Australia and in New Zealand. Emiliano Falsini, who consults for other estates of our portfolio, is the consultant oenologist. Stefania Brunetti and Alberto Rossi, previously employed by one of the largest Tuscan estates, follow the marketing issues.
The vineyards are kept as a garden. Viticulture is strictly sustainable. The soil is typical of Bolgheri: sandy-clayey, clayey with pebbles, red ferrous clay with sand.
The new and modern 7,500 square meter cellar is built following eco-sustainable principles and it is designed so to blend in the landscape. The practices in the cellar are aimed at keeping the integrity of the wines as much as possible and the fermentation of the reds is spontaneous.
The wines are Bolgheri DOC Rosso, Bianco and Rosato and IGT/proprietary wines. The philosophy of the estate is to produce elegant and drinkable wines that are accessible to the professional and private customer alike.