From five autochtonous grapes – hence the name. The vintage is undeclared on the label. The number on the label represents the number of years since the wine’s first release (1999). The reason for this, is that the blend’s five autochthonous (“cinque autoctoni”) grapes actually come from two different regions, Puglia and Abruzzo. Thus, labeling regulations require it to be a “non-vintage” wine. “We wanted to prove it was possible to achieve nobility by using only the incredible range of native grapes our country has to offer,” Valentino confides. Mission accomplished.
33% Montepulciano, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Malvasia Nera, 30% Primitivo, and 7% Negroamaro
AGE OF VINES
Ready to enjoy immediately, it can be cellared for 8-10 years.
50,000 bottles yearly
From plots in the townships of Colonnella and Ortona (both in Abruzzo) and Sava and San Marzano (both in Puglia), totaling 7 hectares (17.3 acres).
VINIFICATION AND AGING
De-stalking, soft-pressing, maceration/fermentation on the skin for 25 days; malolactic fermentation in barrique, where the wine ages for 13 months.
Very intense garnet red; intense and persistent nose, recalling cherries, plums, ripe currant, tobacco, and a toasty note on the finish; excellent structure and roundness; rich, velvety tannins, and a longlasting finish; spicy notes of vanilla & chococate.
Excellent with rich first courses, red meat, semi-aged and aged cheese.
Alc. 14.5% by vol., 5.8 grams/liter total acidity, 5 g/l residual sugar, 39 g/l dry extract, 3.55 pH