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.
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Most recent awards
- 2016 | Ultimate Wine Challenge94
- 2016 | Wine Spectator88
- 2015 | Luca Maroni92
- 2012 | Decanter90
- 2015 | Vinous87
100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Type of yeast:
Selected yeast, locally harvested
27 °C (80.6 °F)
cold maceration for two days and after maceration at 27 °C
Length of maceration:
30% new - 70% second time
Type of oak:
French and American
From May to December
Aging before bottling:
Aging in bottle:
Colonnella, Ancorano and Controguerra
1-3 hectares (2.47 - 7.4 acres)
Medium-textured limestone and clay.
Pergola (Tendone) and Guyot
80-250 meters (260-820 feet) above sea level
1,600-2,000 plant per hectare
6-9 tons per hectare
Age of vines:
Time of harvest:
Total yearly production (in bottles):
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.
Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).
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.
Rino SanteUSAnio, Francesco De Santis , Dennis Verdecchia