Grape(s): 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc
Localization: Tuscany, Italy
Tasting Notes: Dark red in color and has a delightful bouquet with sweet, spicy fruit, plum, and red fruits well integrated to a fresh note of spices, such as green pepper and mint, definite herbal connotation. The flavor is firm with ripe tannins and a long finish.
Notes: Soft pressing of grapes. Maceration at controlled temperature for 18 days. Aging in medium toasted French and American oaks for 12 months in a bottle.
Food pairing: Tuscan cured meats and crostini, pasta with different types of meat sauce, like ragù, Chianina T-bone steak, red meat and game stews and seasoned Fossa Pecorino cheese.
The Domain: The Pakravan-Papi farm is located in Tuscany, in the northern Maremma, in the municipality of Riparbella, in the province of Pisa.
Since 2000 Amineh Pakravan with her husband Enzo Papi wanted to rediscover and restore the ancient winemaking tradition with the support of new technologies: the first step was the planting of a new vineyard and, following, the construction of the new cellar.
The territory, characterized by a traditional wine-growing vocation, has all the qualities that make it an excellent land of wine:
- a Mediterranean microclimate, radiated by the sun and caressed by the sea breezes;
- the complexity and differentiation of soils rich in minerals;
- the gentle and well-exposed slopes.
The Pakravan-Papi estate is located on the first hills that surround the northern Maremma, a place where the climate receives the mitigating influence of the sea that contrasts the exposure to the fresh winds of the nearby Padana valley, to which the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine mountains they can't resist. The landscape is characterized by a Mediterranean scrub that is still virgin, populated by oaks and holm oaks with an undergrowth rich in aromatic shrubs such as junipers, Stipa, and strawberry trees. A territory in which, since the time of the Etruscans, the vineyard has found a preferential habitat, but only in the 1960s was a “Bordeaux” vocation discovered with the first Cabernet plants in the Bolgheri area.
In its vineyards, the influence of the climate and sea winds is particularly present. The Pakravan-Papi estate has two different planting soils:
- in the north valley there are lake lifting clays: clays, mixed with palombini, where Sangiovese is planted;
- in the central part of the property there are cobblestones of effusive origin: on these are planted the “Bordeaux” vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.