It is always a pleasure to go to Il Gattopardo Restaurant. Recently, I was invited there for lunch for a winery in Bolgheri in Tuscany, I was happy to accept.
The Winery is the Campo Alle Comete- -Field of Dreams. The speaker was Jeanette Servidio, Director and General Manager of the winery.
Feudi di San Gregorio, a Campagnia winery, acquired Tenuta Campo Alle Comete in February 2016. The property consists of about 17 hectares and is located at the foot of the commune of Castagneto Carducci in the province of Livorno. There are 14.5 hectares of vineyards.
Jeanette described the soil as mostly loose sand with some clay and limestone. The land is level just a few meters above sea level. The oldest vineyard was planted in 1993 and the newest in 2007. Vine density ranges from 6,500 to 7,000 vines per hectare.
She said the winery practices sustainable farming and in 2016 started the conversion of the vineyards to organic.
The new wine cellar with its circular shape is inspired by an Etruscan tomb. It is partly underground which makes it naturally cool. There are 20 stainless steel tanks of different sizes and about 50 barriques/tonneaux in the cellar.
Nicoletta Ceccoli, an illustrator from San Marino, has designed the logo and also the dreamlike picture exhibited at the winery, from which the fairy images on the labels have been taken.
I was very pleased with how well the wines complemented the food!
Vermentino IGT Toscana 2016 made from 100% Vermentino. Fermentation is in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature of 17 degrees C then a short time on the lees. The wine has citrus flavors and aromas with hits of herbs and good acidity.
Served with insalatina di farro perlato organico con verdurine grigliate. (Organic pearled farro with grilled vegetables)
Cabernet Sauvignon IGT Toscana 2015 made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Half of the wine is in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruity notes; the rest matures for about 6 monts in new and used barriques and tonneaux of medium toasted French oak. The wine has aromas and flavors of red fruit with hits of black cherry and mint.
Pappardelle al sugo di lepre (Pappardelle with hare sauce)
Bolgheri Rosso DOC “Stupore” 2015 made from decreasing proportions of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Each grape variety is fermented separately, and the wine remains in contact with the skins for about three weeks. The wine is aged for about 10 months in new and used barriques and tonneaux of medium toast oak barrels. The wine has fragrant red fruit with a touch of balsamic and eucalyptus. .
Tagliata di manzo con patate al forno (Sliced dry-aged rib eye with roasted potatoes)
Dessert – Spiced pumpkin cake