In 1979, Lucio Tasca d’Almerita intuitively recognised the potential of the wines produced by his father and decided to measure himself with the most celebrated French grapes. The first 4 oak barriques were hidden until they were shown to his father. The first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified in 1988, and came, as now, from a single vineyard atop the San Francesco hill, with south - west exposure about 570 metres above sea level.
A key component of the classic Bordeaux blend, with several clonal sub-groups, this variety makes its Italian home mostly in the north. It's one of the noblest red wine grapes, and one that can be relied on to produce consistently good wines. The medium-dense clusters are conic-cylindrical in shape. The bluish-coloured berries are rounded, thick-skinned and covered in bloom. A variety that produces extremely elegant wines with high alcohol content, it adapts well to all sorts of different climatic and territorial conditions. The strong, woody stem helps its cold-weather resistance, while the thick, bloom-covered berry allows it to defend itself not only from the cold and damp, but also from heat and insect infestation.