Nittardi Ad Astra 2014
|Grapes||Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and other grapes|
|Profile||Strong and aging on wood|
|Match with||FeatherWild, Rabbit, Ã‚Â Pasta, RedMeat, strong Cheese|
|Herkomst||I.G.T. Toscane, Maremma|
- Sangiovese 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 5%, secret varietals 5%.
- Mongibello delle Mandorlaie vineyards between Scansano and Magliano in Toscana. The vineyards are between 250-300 meters high, withÃ‚Â sandy soils with granit andÃ‚Â some schist veins.
- After a natural fermentation, the wine aged for 12Ã‚Â month in Barrique and Tonneaux barrels made out of French oak, 3 month in concrete vats and a few month in the bottle.Ã‚Â
The name is gleaned from the Latin phrase Per Aspera Ad Astra Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ã¢â‚¬Å“a rough road leads to the starsÃ¢â‚¬Â. A phrase that is also true for great wines, as greatness requires a great deal of loving work and care in the vineyards.Ã‚Â
Ad Astra is an approachable yet simultaneously complex red wine that is also a true pleasure when enjoyed young. The respected Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso awarded in 2012 Ad Astra with the highest rating possible, the Tre Bicchieri (Ã¢â‚¬Å“Three GlassesÃ¢â‚¬Â).