The 2012 vintage was characterized by warm, sunny and dry weather. Compared to the mostly constant heat in 2011, the 2012 temperatures were less consistent, mitigated by the cooling autumn rainfalls. The Camarcanda 2012 shows generous and lively aromas with a supple and silky body.
Climate and harvest
The 2012 winter was particularly dry, with two weeks of intense low temperatures in February. The following rainy spring provided the soil with the proper amount of water, which was crucial during the dry and hot 2012 summer. Despite the warm temperatures of the summer, the daily coastal winds balanced the heat in August and few rain showers in September lead to a regular and gentle grape ripening. The harvest began on September 3 with the Merlot and ended on September 27 with the Sangiovese. Merlot benefited particularly from the spring rainfalls and the moisture-retaining limestone and clay soils that characterize Camarcanda vineyard, while the steady warm temperatures all throughout the summer favored the ripening of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were healthy and perfectly ripe, however the particularly small berries and small harvest resulted in a 30 percent drop in production.
The bouquet displays notes of spirit cherries, rhubarb, green pepper, lemon zest and cassis. In the glass these fresh aromas evolve into broom flowers, medical herbs, mint and sandal. The same aromas are expressed in the palate, accompanied by a persistent and fresh end, smooth and sweet tannins.
Planted on white soil rich in limestone, firm clay and stones.
The three varieties ferment and macerate separately for around 15 days. After 18 months of ageing in oak, they are blended and then aged for several months in the bottle before being released.