Azienda Agricola Fornacelle di Billi Stefano

Loc. Fornacelle, 232/A, 57024 Castagneto Carducci - Bolgheri (LI)
Italy
Telephone +39 056 577-5575
Fax +39 056 577-5877
info@fornacelle.it

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  Europe
  • 01.01.09  Italy
  • 01.01.09.18  Toscana

Our products

Product category: Toscana

GUARDA BOSCHI BOLGHERI D.O.C. SUPERIORE

THE VINEYARD
The soil: middle hard clayey soil with stony structure.
Age of the vineyard: 10 years old.
Training system: Low cordon spur.
Density: 8.000 plants per hectare.
Production: Around 7.000 kg of grapes per hectare with A yield of 65 % of wine per 100 kg of grapes.

THE WINE
Guarda Boschi is the name of the vineyard. Guarda Boschi, and Vigna allo Zizzolo as well, were small parcels in the Bolgheri region, former vineyards of the Counts Della Gherardesca, who owned the largest part of Tuscan Coast till the end of the XIX Century. We replanted the vineyard according to the high quality philosophy in 1998.
Grapes: 60% Cabernet (30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon), 40% Merlot.
Alcohol by Vol.: 13,5%

WINE MAKING METHOD
Pure vinification (every single type of grape). Alcoholic fermentation in open top French oak barriques, at 26-28°C. Length of maceration: 18 days. We only use natural yeast of the grapes.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in the same barriques that have been reclosed after the end of the alcoholic fermentation process.
Ageing: In barrique during 15-18 months.
Refining: 12 months in bottle. It is a non filtered wine.
Production: about 500-600 cases per year.

ORGANOLEPTICAL EVALUATION
Colour: deep Ruby-red, bright
Nose: aromas of mineral, blackberry and hints of fresh herbs.
Taste: medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a clean, fresh finish.
Drinking temperature: 16-18 °C.
Preservation: 10-12 years depending on the vintage.

FOOD MATCHES
Red meat, steak, wild and game. Middle and mature cheese. Alone, just for pleasure!

GUARDA BOSCHI 2006 AWARDS
– Decanter World Wine Awards: recommended medal
– Japan World Wine Challenge: bronze medal.
– VINI D’ITALIA 2010: Italian Sommelier Association: 4/5 Grapes
– VINI DI VERONELLI: 92 points
– FALSTAFF Magazine: 92 points

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Product category: Toscana

FOGLIO 38 TOSCANA IGT CABERNET FRANC

VINEYARD
Geographic location: 45-60 m. above sea level, in the shape called Amphitheatre Bolgherese, facing south.
The loam soil tended predominantly sandy sediments with gravel.
Training system: spurred cordon pruning.
Density: 8,000 vines per hectare.
Production: Approximately 8,000 kg of grapes per hectare with a yield of 60%.

THE WINE
Cadastral sheet 38 is an indication which identifies our vineyards.
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Franc.
Year: 2005.
Alcohol level: 13.5%
Winemaking: Fermentation in open barrels of French oak, with manual punching.
Alcoholic fermentation and maceration lasting 20 days. Using only the yeasts of the grape.
Ageing: 18 months in the same barrel, which is new for fermentation.
Aging: 12 months in bottle. Bottled by hand, without filtration.
Production: 900 bottles, in the years that they deserve it.

ORGANOLEPTIC
Color: brilliant ruby red, nuanced board chalice.
Aroma: Intense and complex with aromas of blackberry, blueberry and ripe cherry, mulberry, rose and mild tones toasted.
Taste: tasty and mouth while balanced, silky tannins and elegant. Long finish.

PAIRINGS
Some examples: roast leg of kid mint, scottiglia beef, veal shank.
Serving temperature: 18 ° C.

AWARDS
Veronelli: 90 points
Wine Spectator. 91 points
Help A.I.S. Duemilavini: 4 grapes
Falsaff: 90 points

ARTIST
Franco Menicagli [ www.francomenicagli.it ]

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Product category: Toscana

ZIZZOLO ROSSO BOLGHERI D.O.C.

The Vineyard
Geographical position: At the foot of the hills of Castagneto Carducci, along the Bolgheri Wine Road.
The soil: middle hard clayey soil with gravely structure.
Age of the vineyard: 10 years old.
Training system: Cordon spur.
Density: 6.000 plants per hectare.
Production: Around 7.000 kg of grapes per hectare with A yield of 70 % of wine per 100 kg of grapes.

The Wine
Zizzolo is the name of the vineyard. Guarda Boschi, and Vigna allo Zizzolo as well, were small parcels in the Bolgheri region, former vineyards of the Counts Della Gherardesca, who owned the largest part of Tuscan Coast till the end of the XIX Century.
We replanted the vineyard according to the high quality philosophy in 1998.
Grapes: 60% Merlot, 30% , 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alcohol by Vol.: 13,5%

Wine making method
Pure vinification (every single type of grape). Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 26-28°C.
Length of maceration: 12 days. We only use natural yeast.
Malolactic fermentation and ageing in second use barriques.
Refining: 12 months in bottle.
Production: about 1800 cases per year.

Organoleptical evaluation
Colour: Ruby-red, bright.
Nose: Fruity aromas with notes of flowers and herbs.
Taste: Fruity and fresh with round tannins and a delicious aftertaste.
Drinking temperature: 16-18 °C.
Preservation: 4-5 years, depending on the vintage.

Food Matches
It is a multi sided wine , It combines very well with different kind of menus. White and red meat, steak, Pasta dishes, cheese. Alone, just for pleasure

Zizzolo 2007 awards (in progress)
– Wine Enthusiast: 90 points.
– Decanter Wine World Awards: Silver Medal.
– Japan World Wine Challenge: Gold Medal.
– VINI D’ITALIA 2010 Italian Sommelier Association: 4/5 Grapes
– VINI DI VERONELLI: 88 points
– FALSTAFF Magazine: 88 points

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About us

Company details

FORNACELLE Estate is located on the Tuscan Coast, along the Strada del Vino Costa degli Etruschi, the Wine Road of Etruscan Coast.

It belongs to Bolgheri DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), one of the most prestigious Italian wine regions.

The farm was founded at the end of the XIX Century and it has always been a family estate. In 1998 Stefano Billi inherited the property from his grandfather and planted the new vineyards. A few years ago Stefano’s wife, Silvia, joined in the management of the estate.

Today Fornacelle estate covers a total surface area of 15 hectares. The vineyard extends for 8 hectares. The rest of the farm consists of an olive-grove of 1000 plants, a 1 hectare peach-orchard, and various vegetable gardens.

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