Rosso di Montefalco

Napolini Montefalco Rosso DOC

The Napolini family has been farming for centuries on the sunny hillsides to the south on Montefalco in Umbria. But their lands have been home to vineyards much longer than they have farmed. A nearby Abby has records of viticulture in this are dating back to 1088. The Napolini family farms the old fashioned way too. They value dirt under their fingernails more than marketing. This is real wine from real people. No traveling winemakers here. Their 66 acres of native varietals are lush and slightly over grown, that’s because they don’t use pesticides. Although they are not certified organic or biodynamic, all production is respecting natural winemaking practices with minimal use of sulfites or copper.

Denser, darker and more structured than the Rosso dei Monti, the Rosso di Montefalco is nonetheless made from most of the same grapes. It is aged in Slovenian oak that shows up more as a complement to the wine’s structure than a major component. This wine shows particularly well on the second day of being open, promising interesting things to come in the future.

From the winemaker:

It is made with 60% Sangiovese, 20% Sagrantino, 10% Montepulciano di Abruzzo, 10% Merlot grapes harvested by hand in the middle of October. The must is left in contact with the skins for 20 days then the wine is put in cask of Slavonian oak for at least one year. After that the fining in bottle for 6 months takes place prior to release.

Ripe cherry and black berries flavors with some spicy notes and round tannins. It pairs well pork meat dishes, game dishes, rich pastas or risotto with truffles and mushrooms.

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