Saletta is the estate’s flagship wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a touch of Merlot selected from the best vineyard crops of the vintage. The wine is aged for 15-18 months in French oak barrels (minimum 50% new oak) and is then aged for a further 2 years in bottle before release. The goal is to create a wine with intensity and complexity coupled with the ability to evolve over a 6-10 year cellaring cycle or longer. This barrel-ageing lends the Saletta structure and character, best enjoyed after decanting. Approximately 2,000 to 5,000 bottles of the Saletta are made each year, beginning with the 2005 vintage.
Pairs well with main course meals with oven-roasted or grilled meat dishes, where an abundance of flavour is matched by the greater dimension of the wine. We suggest that the wine is decanted or aerated before serving.
- The 2005 vintage received First Place at the 4th Annual Il “Gusto dei Guidi” Castello di Poppi competition in Arezzo in 2009, a Diploma di Gran Menzione at the International Wine Competition at Vinitaly in 2010, a Bronze Medal in both the IWSC and DWWA 2010, and finally a Silver Medal in the Tuscan Reds category, at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2012.
- The 2006 vintage received Finalist and Second Position in the 6th annual “Gusto dei Guidi” Castello di Poppi competition in 2011, a Silver medal (Best in Class) at the IWSC 2011, a bronze medal at the DWWA 2011 and a Diploma di Gran Menzione at Vinitaly 2011.
- The 2007 vintage received a Gold Medal at Mundus Vini 2013, a Bronze Medal at the IWSC 2012 and a Silver Medal at the 2014 Sommelier Wine Awards.
- The 2008 vintage received a Bronze Medal at the IWSC 2013 and a Gold Medal at Mundus Vini 2014.