Vintage: 2015

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2015FA413B156 x 75Agglomerated CorkAvailable
Vegetarian
Vegan
Producer

The Farnese group was founded in 1994 by Valentino Sciotti with the aim to produce top-quality wine from Abruzzo. The enterprise was so successful that the group decided to expand further south in Italy and also into Sicily. Today the Farnese group includes Cantina Diomede, Gran Sasso, Vesevo, Vigneti del Salento, Vigneti del Vulture, Tufarello and Zabù, among others. Alberto Antonini oversees production, ensuring that these wines offer great quality, varietal character and value. Their elegant and striking packaging makes them stand out on the shelf or table.

Fantini is their flagship winery, producing wines from vineyards based in the northern part of Abruzzo, where ripeness and freshness combine in the wines. The forward and accessible Sangiovese is a case in point. All the wines made from Montepulciano have the hallmark colour and intensity of this variety but with a balance and accessibility that is often lacking in wines from this region. The deeply coloured, intense and powerful ‘Edizione’ Cinque Autoctoni is, according to owner Valentino Sciotti, “a true taste of southern Italy”. A blend of five native grape varieties (Montepulciano, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Negroamaro and Malvasia Rossa) grown across Abruzzo and Puglia, it is full and powerful yet fresh and nicely defined. Their Cuvée Bianco Brut is a refreshing sparkling wine made from the local Cococciola; the Cuvée Rosato Brut is made of Aglianico from Basilicata. Both come in beautifully designed bottles with a Swarovski crystal on the label.

The new Calalenta Pecorino is wonderfully balanced, with both a soft texture and vibrant freshness on the finish. The Calalenta Rosato is 100% Merlot and shows fresh aromas of strawberries and pink grapefruit with a refreshing acidity. Grapes for both wines come from west and south/west facing vineyards around the town of Ortona, on the Adriatic coast in Abruzzo, on calcareous clay soils.

Vineyards

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.

Vintage

The 2015 summer was warm and sunny, with a great deal of heat in August. Some light rainfall helped to balance the growth cycle, creating healthy and well-balanced grapes.

Vinification

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. Fermentation on the skins then followed at 25-28°C for approximately 20 days in cement vats. The wine is then racked into barriques where it aged for 12 months before a final six months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

This wine is ruby red in colour with garnet reflections. The nose is intense with a spicy bouquet, and hints of chocolate which complement the vibrant dark fruit character. On the palate, it is very well balanced and displays great structure and tannins.

Alcohol (ABV)

13.5%

Acidity

5.45 g/l

Residual Sugar

2.2 g/l

pH

3.63

Other wines from this producer

Producer
Wine
Product Code
Features
Style
Fantini Farnese`Edizione 20` Cinque AutoctoniFA401
Vegetarian
R
Red
Factsheet
Trebbiano d'AbruzzoFA405
Vegetarian
W
White
Montepulciano d'AbruzzoFA407
R
Red
Sangiovese Terre di ChietiFA408
Vegetarian
R
Red
Factsheet
Organic Montepulciano d'AbruzzoFA409
Certified Organic
R
Red
Factsheet
`Calalenta` Pecorino Terre di ChietiFA412
Vegetarian
W
White
Factsheet
Cuvée Bianco BrutFA422
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpW
Sparkling White
Factsheet
Cuvée Rosato BrutFA423
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpRo
Sparkling Rosé
Factsheet
Calalenta RosatoFA443
Vegetarian
Ro
Rosé
Factsheet