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A seductive wine punching well above its weight, the Serafini & Vidotto Phigaia offers ripe blackcurrant, black berry and raspberry character, a juicy full body with oaky complexity and a curious bit of development. This is calling for some roast lamb, a good steak or strong cheese. Read More
A seductive wine punching well above its weight, the Serafini & Vidotto Phigaia offers ripe blackcurrant, black berry and raspberry character, a juicy full body with oaky complexity and a curious bit of development. This is calling for some roast lamb, a good steak or strong cheese.
This Italian Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot has bundles of berry fruit character that jump out of the glass. Underneath there are hints of coffee, charred wood and nutmeg which persist in the mouth. It’s fun and serious at the same time, a bit like your favourite teacher. On the fun side there is blackcurrant fruit for days, with cassis and sour cherry notes too. On the serious side there is spicy complexity that gives way to an earthy undergrowth note that would make this the perfect pairing for some ripe cheese or slow cooked red meat.
The Serafini & Vidotto Phigaia is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (40/40/20). The grapes are picked at different times so they can all reach optimum ripeness but soon after fermentation they are blended before being aged in oak barrels for between 12-18 months. Some of these barrels are new oak, which means we get a lot of spicy flavours transferred, particularly vanilla and nutmeg. The oak also helps with the development of the fruit, this is where we get the dried prune and raising note from, maybe even some of the coffee notes. The wine then spends another 2 years in bottle before release. A mature wine this certainly is!
Serafini & Vidotto is a family run winery, set up in then 80s by two school friends. Today, they are respected as one of the best winemakers in Veneto, in particular for their Italian Bordeaux blends that are in a very different guise to those from Tuscany.
Founded by schoolfriends Franco Serafini and Antonello Vidotto in 1986, the Serafini and Vidotto winery in Veneto produce a combination of the native and indigenous wines and the powerful and seductive wines. The grounds of a 16th Century Abbey are where the vineyards of the winery are situated and it is this abbey that gives its name to Serafini & Vidotto’s most impressive wine, Il Rosso dell’Abazia (The Red from the Abbey).
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