Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC
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.
100% Montepulciano from vineyards within the township of Ortona. Harvest takes place in early October. The grapes macerate on the skins for a short period (around six hours) to achieve the lovely rose hue, followed by racking and fermentation without the skins for fifteen days. The result is a lively, light cherry color; the nose is fruity, intense and persistent, showing notes of strawberry confirmed on a medium-bodied palate with excellent intensity, balance and persistence. Bright and fun, but an especially great value.
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- 2017 | James Suckling90
- 2017 | Vinous90
- 2016 | Ultimate Wine Challenge92
- 2013 | Luca Maroni93
- 2013 | Tastings88
- 2014 | Wine Spectator87
100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
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Selected yeast, locally harvested
12 °C (53.6 °F)
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Near Ortona, Abruzzo
1-3 hectares (2.47 - 7.4 acres)
Clay and limestone
230-430 (750-1,400 feet) above sea level
1,800-2,500 plant per hectare
3-6 tons per hectare
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bright cherry pink. Intense and persistent, delicate fragrance, very fruity with notes of small redfruits (strawberry). Medium body, intense, well-balanced,soft and round, very long in the mouth. Drink young.
Best served at 6-8 °C (42.-46.4 °F).
he result is a lively, light cherry color (“cerasuolo” means cherry); the nose is fruity, intense and persistent, with notes of strawberry, which are confirmed on a medium-bodied palate with excellent intensity, balance and length.
Up to 2 years
Rino SanteUSAnio, Francesco De Santis , Dennis Verdecchia