The grapes to produce Merlot Toscana “Lamaione” Frescobaldi were hand-harvested, destemmed and manually sorted. Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures of between 28 to 30°C with maceration lasting three weeks, extracting colour, flavour and fine tannins. Merlot Toscana “Lamaione” Frescobaldi was matured for 24 months in 80% new French oak barriques, followed by a further 12 months bottle ageing.
The Tenuta CastelGiocondo vineyard is located in Montalcino at 300 metres above sea level. 12 hectares of vines are grown in the Lamaione vineyard with a southwesterly exposure. The vines were planted in 1998, to a density of 5,500 vines per hectare and are low-spur pruned cordon trained. The clayey terrain is rich in limestone and mineral elements with a lightly alkaline pH.
Frescobaldi is s Florentine family with thirty generations dedicated to the production of great wines across six Tuscan estates. Their style brings together tradition and innovation. With the goal of being the most prestigious Tuscan wine producer, Frescobaldi firmly believes in respecting the local land while focusing on the highest quality grapes for its wines. They own over 1,000 hectares of vineyard, all located in excellent areas for the production of fine wines. Directly managed by its family members, the Frescobaldi name is deeply connected with the history of art, culture, trade, finance and wine in Italy. Gambero Rosso awarded them with the prestigious ‘Tre Bicchieri Winery of the Year Award 2020’, in recognition of its uncompromising commitment to quality and innovation.