Descrption: Grifi is a blend of two late ripening varieties, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Sangiovese comes from old vines in Montepulciano, which produce a concentrated, elegant wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon lends spice and power to the wine and is sourced every year from the best parcels that are both in Cortona and Montepulciano: in 2015 we chose grapes coming from Banditella in Montepulciano. The encounter of these two eminent, yet very different varieties, inspired Avignonesi to adopt the griffon icon for its label, a creature made of two regal animals, the lion and the eagle.
Grapes: 53% Sangiovese, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ageing: 18 months in oak. Large oak casks and barriques for the Sangiovese, barriques for the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Harvest: The Sangiovese was picked from the 10th to the 28th of September, the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked on October 6th.
Tasting Notes: The assembly of two tardive varieties in a typical warm Tuscan vintage gives an extraordinary character to this wine. On the nose, the wine reveals notes of green spices, leather and tobacco. Pleasantly elegant with seamless tannins, the 2015 Grifi shows hints of umami and undergrowth on the palate. The finish is endless and succulent.