Casale Vecchio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG

The Farnese Fantini winery is located in Abruzzi, just 19 miles away from the sea, under Mount Maiella, which reaches 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) above sea level. The range features a wide variety of wines made from grapes grown throughout the region and thus features many different terroirs and microclimates. The wines are crafted in the Colline Teramane DOCG appellation in large, ultramodern facilities covering 50,000 square meters (nearly 540,000 square feet) with state-of-the-art vinification equipment and French and American barrels for aging.

The winery also has a long history, going back to Renaissance times. Farnese was a noble family that – along with Princess Marguerite – produced wines that graced European banquet tables in the sixteenth century. Made from 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes, the vineyards are located within the townships of Colonnella, Ancorano and Controguerra and cover a total of 25 hectares (nearly 62 acres). Vinification begins with soft pressing and de-stalking with maceration on skins and fermentation for twenty days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in American barrique and aging continues for six months. Very deep, brilliant ruby with purple reflections, the bouquet shows excellent intensity and richness, with notes of ripe red fruit, amaretto cookies, marzipan and sweet spices. Mellow, flavorful and complex on the palate, with smooth, velvety tannins, outstanding freshness and balance. Suggested serving temperature is 16-18° C (60.8-64.4° F) and ideal pairings are robust first courses, cold cuts and salami, particularly the excellent varieties to be found in the Abruzzo region, as well as roasts and stews.


Wine exported to

USA

Most recent awards

  • 2016 | Ultimate Wine Challenge94
  • 2016 | Wine Spectator88
  • 2015 | Luca Maroni92
  • 2012 | Decanter90
  • 2015 | Vinous87
Grape Varieties:

100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

20 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast, locally harvested

Fermentation temperature:

27 °C (80.6 °F)

Maceration technique:

cold maceration for two days and after maceration at 27 °C

Length of maceration:

20 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

Bentonite

Aging containers:

Barrique

Container size:

225 liters

Container age:

30% new - 70% second time

Type of oak:

French and American

Bottling period:

From May to December

Aging before bottling:

6 months

Aging in bottle:

1-2 month

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

No

Vineyard location:

Colonnella, Ancorano and Controguerra

Vineyard size:

1-3 hectares (2.47 - 7.4 acres)

Soil composition:

Medium-textured limestone and clay.

Vine training:

Pergola (Tendone) and Guyot

Altitude:

80-250 meters (260-820 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

1,600-2,000 plant per hectare

Yield:

6-9 tons per hectare

Exposure:

Southern/southeastern

Years planted:

25-40 years

Age of vines:

25-40 years

Time of harvest:

Late October

Total yearly production (in bottles):

240,000 bottles

Tasting notes:

Strong ruby ​​red with garnet high-lights. Intense, persistent, fruity with a strong aroma ofripe red fruits, "amaretto," marzipan, spices. Dry, warm,elegant tannins. Wine of excellent flavor and well-balanced.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Ideal pairings are robust first courses, cold cuts and salami, particularly the excellent varieties to be found in the Abruzzo region, as well as roasts and stews.

Aging potential:

5-6 years

Alcohol:

13,00% vol

Winemaker:

Rino SanteUSAnio, Francesco De Santis , Dennis Verdecchia