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Poggio al Tesoro `Cassiopea`

Bolgheri, Tuscany

Poggio al Tesoro

One of the most exciting estates to have emerged from Italy in recent years, Poggio al Tesoro is a 70 hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2001 by the Allegrini family...

The first vineyard they bought is next door to Ornellaia and was previously rented by them. Nicola Biasi is the winemaker. 

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Merlot and Cabernet Franc for this wines was sourced from 12Ha of Le Sondraie vineyard situated 25m above sea level. Soils here are free-draining and a mixture of clay and sandy silt with a high presence of magnesium and iron. Planting density is 7,500 vines/Ha. The vines are cordon trained and spur pruned in each case and the average age of the vines is 9 years. Yields are around 35Hl/Ha.

Vintage information

An unusual vintage in Bolgheri; it was rather wet and cool compared to the norm for this area. The results were, nonetheless, excellent: the grapes had optimal levels of acidity and a low ph. The harvest commenced in September with a delay of some 7-10 days compared with vintage 2009, and the last grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon were picked in mid-October. The rather cool weather yielded wines that are easy to drink and unusually crisp for coastal area wines. The climate also had a particularly favourable effect on the early and mid - ripening varietals. In the Bolgheri area, the grape load per vine was considerably lower than usual, although not as low as in Montalcino. Some light leaf thinning and cutting back ensured that grapes remained in prime condition on the vine until ripening was complete. This vintage as one of the best in the last ten years.


After soft, whole berry pressing, the must was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 16ºC for 20 days. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place and the wine remained on the fine lees until bottling in February 2011.  It was bottled under stelvin closure to preserve freshness and eliminate cork taint.

Tasting Notes

Cassiopea is a rosé with character, expressing both complexity and simple enjoyment. Salmon-pink in colour with a fresh, lively perfume of peaches and summer berries. Its distinctive aroma blends well with its crisp flavour and easy-drinking style. On the palate it is crisp but with enough structure to work well with a range of dishes. Soft fruit characters on the palate are lifted by a twist of lime on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 70% Cabernet Franc
30% Merlot
Region Bolgheri, Tuscany
Winemaker Nicola Biasi
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.1g/l
Residual Sugar 3g/l
Wine pH 3.25