Nittardi Ad Astra 2015

14.50

The name of our second wine from the Maremma region is gleaned from the Latin phrase Per Aspera Ad Astra — “a rough road leads to the stars”. A phrase that is also true of great wines, for greatness requires a great deal of loving work and care in the vineyards. As is the case with its “older brother” Nectar Dei, Ad Astra grows on the sun-drenched hills of our estate Mongibello delle Mandorlaie in Southern Maremma.

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 the 2008 vintage with the highest rating possible, Tre Bicchieri (“Three Glasses”). Vintage 2015 was awarded with 94 points by James Suckling.

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Name: Nittardi Ad Astra D.O.C. Maremma

Varietal: Sangiovese 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Merlot 20%, Syrah 5%, Cabernet Franc 5%, secret grape varieties 5%

Soil: Mostly sand rich with pebble and clay

Reben pro Hectar: 6600

Production: Fermentation in 5 and 10.5-ton stainless steel tanks, followed by 14 months of aging in French oak barrique (10% new) and 4 months bottle aging.

Profile: Deep ruby red, ripe fruit with notes of currant, raspberry and violet essence. A felicitous balance of round and grippy tannins with a fresh minerality. Shows beautiful bouquet; a refreshing drinking wine with elegance and complexity. Excellently suited to all variations of fish and different appetizers. Best served at approx. 16° C (61° F).

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