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.
The Rosso dei Monti has soft red fruits and dusty tannins from the predominant Sangiovese that carries this wine. But, there is a darker, black olive component that speaks to something else. Is it the 5% of Ciliegiolo or perhaps the Montepulciano? What does Sagrantino add? Fact is this is a delicious, inexpensive wine that will be consumed before most folks have had time to analyze it. Perfect.
From the winemaker:
A blend of Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Ciliegiolo, Merlot and Montepulciano di Abruzzo. Grapes are harvested at the end of September first week of October and then fermented together with long maceration on skins for about 20 days and frequent pump over (remontage). The wine rest for one year in stainless steel and concrete tanks than are bottled and fines for 3 months at least before being released.
A bright ruby red color welcomes a cherry and flavors with spicy notes. It pairs well with hard cheeses and red meat particularly if barbecued.
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