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WINE DESCRIPTIONCassiopea is named for a famous constellation, which, depending on its orientation in the sky, can resemble the letter M for Marilisa Allegrini or W for her late brother Walter, with whom she established the Poggio al Tesoro winery. Made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the final ros shows both complexity of character and easy-drinking enjoyment.
TASTING NOTESDeep strawberry pink in color, Cassiopea exudes playful aromas of ripe strawberries, red cherries, and orange zest. On the palate, it is medium- bodied and crisp, with a supple mouthfeel and a long, flavorful finish.
FOOD PAIRINGPerfect as an aperitif, Cassiopea also pairs with tuna, rustic seafood stews, bruschetta and other tomato-based appetizers, and grilled chicken or pork.
Toscana IGTLe Sondraie17.3 AcresDeep, with gravel and clay depositsGuyot82 Feet3,174Western2004-2005September200810,000
70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet FrancStainless Steel Tanks 20 days 60 FSlow Pneumatic Press Cycle2 HoursNoStainless Steel Tanks5 Months 1 Month
12.0%3.13.0 g/L5.8 g/L
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CASSIOPEA TOSCANA IGT 2012
2013 Selected and Imported by Winebow, Inc., New York, NY www.winebow.com www.poggioaltesoro.it
WINERY OVERVIEW Poggio al Tesoro, owned by Marilisa Allegrini, was founded in 2001. The perfect balance of year-round sunlight, proximity to the sea and unique terroir are reflected in the style of Poggio al Tesoros wines ripeness, muscular body, and richness are effortlessly combined with complexity and elegance. Under the direction of winemaker Nicola Biasi, Poggio al Tesoros wines have consistently earned praise and high scores from international wine publications.
LOCATION OF VINEYARDSPoggio al Tesoro is located in the prestigious area of Bolgheri, a premiere appellation situated in the upper part of Tuscanys Maremma, south of Pisa and just two miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The estate comprises 173 acres divided into three vineyard lots: Via Bolgherese, Le Grottine, and Le Sondraie. The climate and the terroir at Poggio al Tesoro allow for ideal concentration and perfect balance between structure, aromas and tannins, resulting in lush wines of outstanding class and finesse.
WINEMAKING PROCESSThe best clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot have been planted at Poggio al Tesoro for the precise purpose of crafting top-class wines with bold international style. Vermentino and Syrah, which produce wines of unmistakable personality in this area, complete the selection of varieties planted here. Absolute quality-oriented grape growing and winemaking methods are employed at harvest and in the cellar: the grapes are hand-selected and harvested in multiple passes and then go through an additional selection process in the winery. Red varieties are fermented separately and then blended together for superior balance and a unique flavor profile.