Franco Ziliani, founder of Guido Berlucchi, decided in the early 2000s to invest in the production of great red wines in the emerging area of Bolgheri in Tuscany. He bought the Caccia al Piano estate in 2003, after visiting the San Biagio vineyard. The company is located in Castagneto Carducci in the hamlet of Bolgheri, and was obtained through the restructuring of an ancient hunting fief owned by the Della Gherardesca family dating back to 1868. Franco’s children, Cristina, Arturo and Paolo, have and are continuing the exploration work of the Bolgheri area.
The two types of grapes are harvested by hand in small 15 kg boxes at different times to ensure the desired phenolic ripeness. A delicate pressing of the whole grapes is performed with a yield of only 40% to obtain a fragrant juice, balanced acidity and the right polyphenolic content. The fermentation of the musts takes place slowly in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature for about 15 days, with interruption of the fermentation to conserve a quantity of sugar which will be used for refermentation in the bottle.
On the nose hints of strawberries and raspberries, citrus fruits, pastry and a nice note of sea salt. The sip is fresh, the perlage fine, and the finish is just sapid, marked by citrus returns.
The combination is ideal; it lends itself to cured meats, cheeses, first courses with tomato sauce. Great for a special toast!