We have created a wine expressing our concept of elegance, style and quality. We have named it Coevo (contemporary) because it conveys the value of time.
Andrea and Cesare Cecchi
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Area of production:Castellina in Chianti for Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon; Maremma in Tuscany for Petit Verdot and Merlot
Number of bottles:15000 0.75 lt bottles and 500 1.5L bottles
Harvest / Vintage:2012
Number bottles:15000 da 0, 75 lt e 500 da 1,5L
Grapes variety:Sangiovese 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Petit Verdot 20% e Merlot 10%
Altitude:250mt above sea level at Castellina in Chianti and 200 mt above sea level in Maremma
Soil Composition:mildly alkaline soil at Castellina in Chianti and quartz and feldspar sandstone with a good soil structure at Maremma
Tonnes of grape per hectare:4.5 Tons
Plant per hectare:500 plants per hectare
Cultivation technique:spur-pruned cordon training
Method of fermentation:in steel at temperatures ranging from 26 to 30 degrees Celsius finishing in the presence of the grape skins
Length of Fermentation:La fermentazione alcolica è terminata in presenza delle bucce
Ageing:eighteen months in barriques and tonneaux
Climate and year:
THE VARIETIES OF THE 2010 VINTAGE
The choice of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon from Castellina underscores the historic strength of Cecchi. Sangiovese was chosen because Villa Cerna the original family estate is situated in the heart of Chianti Classico, and represents an unparalleled expression of this variety. In 2010 our Sangiovese enjoyed a textbook maturation that was gradual, constant, and profound. Spring was cool and peppered with light rains, followed by a temperate summer
periodically broken by providential showers. This allowed for an optimal development of the fruit which and delivered the harmonious balance of intense aromatic character coupled with an incredible freshness that is the distinctive hallmark of this vintage.
The use of Cabernet Sauvignon was a decision made by Cesare and Andrea’s father, Luigi Cecchi. In the late 1980s Luigi Cecchi decided to convert an ancient olive grove into a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard as the exposition and composition of the terrain was poetically right for the growth of this grape variety. After decades of careful attention the wine resulting from this intuition began to show distinct and pronounced Chianti characteristics. In 2010
our Cabernet was harvested toward the middle of October, with the fruit displaying all the intrinsic qualities of an optimal vintage.
The decision to employ small reserves of Merlot and Petit Verdot sourced in Maremma was due to the excellence that these two varieties express when carefully grown in this area. Petit Verdot is traditionally late in maturation, and as the last parcel of our harvest, manifested fresh bright acidity combined with mature tannins and succulent textures. Merlot, ever a precocious grape, was the variety which benefited most from the unusually cool and rainy season in Maremma. The resulting fruit shone with balanced acidity and stylized aromatic nuances
In 2010 this variety was harvested around the middle of October with all the intrinsic qualities of an optimal year.
The choice for Merlot and Petit Verdot of Maremma was decided with the knowledge that these two varieties express themselves excellently in this production area.
Petit Verdot in 2010 matured late as is characteristic, maintaining a good acidity joined to a tannin with a complex texture.
Merlot, a precocious grape, was the variety which benefited most from the unusually cool and rainy season in Maremma giving it a good acidity and a proper development to the aromatic part.
Vinification and ageing:
Upon arrival at the winery the fruit underwent careful hand selection, de-stemming, and gentle pressing. To further enhance varietal distinction, each variety that gave form to the final composition of 2010 Coevo was vinified separately. Fermentation was completed in stainless steel vessels over a one week period, with temperatures controlled between 26 – 30 degrees centigrade. This served to preserve the freshness of the aromatic compounds as well as managing the careful integration of the tannins. Every step was painstakingly overseen to ensure that the elegance and character of the vintage was completely translated into the deep pleasures of the wine. Maceration lasted fifteen days, during which malolactic fermentation naturally occurred. The four varieties were then aged separately in casks and barrels for twelve months at Castellina in Chianti. After a year the core varieties were then combined and aged together for another six months in barrel. Bottling was undertaken at the beginning of July 2012
Coevo displays the rich minerality and the power of Maremma, coupled with the elegance and the finesse of Chianti.
It has a vivid ruby red coloration with deeper shades of pomegranate and rose petals. The nose is decisive with delicate hints of wild laurel and liquorice root. On the palate the wine is lively with deep textures and structured tannins. The ripe aromas of red fruits and integrated oak continue to develop on the palate. This balanced wine is characterized by a persistent mouth feel that lingers into a long, supple and silky finish.
(Luca Gardini, World’s Best Sommelier 2010)