Dulcamara was the very first Giusti & Zanza label. In its first vintage, 1996, only 3000 bottles were produced – at the time, it was the entirety of the winery’s production.
Components Dulcamara is a classic Super Tuscan composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon. In some favourable vintages it is aided by a share of Cabernet Franc, for a total of 70% of Cabernet. The blend is completed by Merlot and a small amount of Petit Verdot.
Refinement and Ageing The wine’s ageing takes places in 300 and 500 litres medium-toasted French oak tonneaux for a period of time between 14 and 18 months. Once the blend has settled, the wine rests in a concrete tank. Before being bottled, the wine is made undergo a mild filtering.
Organoleptic properties Dulcamara is a wonderfully thick wine of a deep purple colour. It presents scents of berries, blackberries, black currant and blueberries, together with notes of liquorice and crème de cassis. In the mouth its taste is wide and powerful, marking the presence of ripe fruit balanced by a sound acid structure. The tannin has a smooth and velvety texture despite its strong presence. After swallowing, the finish is long in the mouth, with a lateral stimulation of the saliva due to the acid structure. It matches well slow-cooked game meat, or braised meat perhaps cooked with the same wine. It is also excellent when matched with fat soft cheeses and truffles.
It lends itself to a long ageing time, between 15 and 20 years.