The Tuscan winery San Felice, now part of the Allianz Group, has decided to expand further by the name of Bell'Aja 40 years after acquiring the Montalcino branch Campogiovanni. In the Bolgheri village of Le Sondraie, 6 hectares of vineyards with loamy-sandy soils were selected, where Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were planted more than 5 years ago. There will be only two wines from this new appellation Bell'Aja, Bolgheri Rosso and Bolgheri Superiore Rosso.
The 2016 debut vintage of Bolgheri Rosso has now been released for sale as the first result. The colour is bright purple, the bouquet is full of dark forest berries. On the palate it is full of harmony with a delicate acidity and soft, very enveloping tannins. A warm, flattering red man who fully lives up to his noble origins. SUPERIORE.DE
"The 2016 Bolgheri Bell'aja shows hardy and bold ripeness. There are heavy, inky-dark fruits here, such as blackberry and black currant, with lots of extraction. It is on the heavy side in terms of bouquet, but with the more restrained mouthfeel, it seems to work and offer good balance overall." Robert Parker
"Offers dark tones of blackberry and pomegranate, along with earth, tobacco and mineral accents. Powerful and concentrated, showing fluidity, balance and excellent length. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon." Wine Spectatorread more
- Grape Varieties: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cultivation: conventional
- Expansion: 12 months barrique
- Development: barrique
- Filtration: yes
- Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
- Closure: natural corks
- Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
- Storage Potential: 2023+
- Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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About the winemakersBell'Aja | S. Felice
Tuscany | Bolgheri
In the small village of Le Sondraie near Bolgheri, the San Felice winery team, which also produces excellent wines in Chianti Classico, Montalcino and nearby Maremma, was able to produce six hectares of the best vineyards a few years ago, called Bell'Aye, aye. The vineyards are located at 100-200 metres above sea level above the well-known Marina di Bibbona on the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is well known to many Maremma tourists.
The typical loamy-sandy soils are mainly used to grow the French Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties typical of Bolgheri. The south-western orientation of the vines brings many hours of sunshine during the day, which allows the late-ripening varieties to develop well. The sea, which is within sight, brings constant breezes, which aerate the vineyards wonderfully. The hilly, wooded landscape of the nature reserves in the northeast, behind the vineyards, brings clear cooling at night, even in midsummer. Wine lovers know that this offers ideal conditions for an elegant fruit development.
This is how Bell's wines stand out'Aja also characterized by very finely structured, elegant wines. However, with the oenologist Leonardo Bellaccini and the agronomist Carlo Salvinelli, the young and committed local team is also backed by a duo with decades of experience and experience. The wines are aged in French barriques with a maceration period of about three weeks followed by aging.
As brilliant as the wines already present themselves today, one can be curious to see how the development will continue here! SUPERIORE.DE
- Owner: Gruppo Allianz
- Oenologist: Leonardo Bellaccini
- Agronomist: Carlo Salvinelli
- Vineyard: approx. 6 hectares
- Conventional cultivation