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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cecchi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2006

Grape Variety: 90% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese), 10% other red grapes

Growing Region: Montepulciano, Italy

Chief Winemaker: Andrea Cecchi

The premium quality fruit harvested for this wine was grown in calcareous soil, located at 350 meters above sea level. Harvested during the first ten days of October, the fruit was transported to the winery where traditional vinification took place in temperature-controlled small and medium sized stainless steel tanks on it skins for approximately 21 days at 28C.
The wine was then transferred to oak barriques where it matured for approximately 24 months in the Cecchi cellars. The wine was then blended, lightly fined and rested in tank for 4 months before bottling, where it rested again for a minimum of 3 months before labelling and release.
It has been my pleasure to visit Italy, and in particularly Tuscany on many an occasion over the past few years and this wine in my opinion is one of the great wines of Tuscany. A predominantly Sangiovese based wine, expressing all the complexity that this grape has to offer. In the glass the wine has a rich red colour tending to garnet now with age.
On the nose the wine shows an intense aroma of purple violets and dried herbs. In the mouth this Vino Nobile has a well balanced tannin and oak structure, complimented by harmonious dark fruit characters and a long and persistent finish. Decant for 30-40 minutes and serve at 18C.

Drinking well this winter season; and over the next 5-7 years.

Perfect wine match with hearty, rich meat dishes, roasts and hard cheeses, enjoy.

A classic wine, one not to be missed.


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