The Farnese group owns Gran Sasso, Vesevo, Vigneti Zabu, Vigneti del Salento, Vigneti del Vulture and Tufarello, among others, but this is their flagship winery...
The vineyards are based in the northern part of the Abruzzo, where ripeness and freshness combine in the wines. Alberto Antonini oversees production, ensuring these wines offer great quality, varietal character and value.
The vineyards are situated in the areas of Colonnella, Notaresco and Roseto on the Adriatic coast of the Abruzzo region. Facing east and south east, vines are planted on both limestone and clay-based, medium-textured soils. Training is on both pergola and guyot system.
There was some unseasonable weather at the end of June, including hail and rain, which caused damage to the fruit and resulted in some cases of mildew, which took local growers by surprise because that type of weather is so unusual in the area at that time of year. The vineyards on the hills seem to have been most affected. This reduced yields (specifically about 20% down in the San Salvo region), and also meant the winemakers had to work a bit harder! Harvest took place the end of October. The weather during harvest was mostly warm and dry with just one spell of rain mid-harvest.
Grapes were hand-harvested. After a meticulous selection of the grapes at the winery, fruit was destemmed and crushed before it underwent a cold maceration for 4-6 days. Fermentation on the skins then followed at 25-28 °C for approximately 25 days in cement vats. Malolactic fermentation took place and the wine was left to age in the vats for 4 months. It was then racked into barriques where it aged for 12 months before blending. The final blend was then aged in 3,000 litre barrels for a further 6 months.
Ruby red in colour with garnet reflections. The nose is intense and persistent with a spicy bouquet, and hints of chocolate and tar that complement the vibrant dark fruit character. On the palate it is very well balanced and displays great structure and tannins.
|Consultant Winemaker||Rino Santeusanio|
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