Vineyards - Growing area: the Marche, in the province of Ascoli Piceno. Location: the vineyards are sited nearby Acquaviva Picena town and are cultivated by using the biological techniques. Age: varies from 8 to 30 years. Soils: derived from alluvially-deposited seabed sediment, predominantly Plio-Pleistocene and Miocene, with predominance of sand and rock sloping down to the coast. Aspect and elevation: on sunny hills at 200-350 m. Grapes: 60% Montepulciano, 40% Sangiovese. Training system: guyot and double guyot. Vineyard density: 2.500-4.000 vines per hectare. Yield: 100 q of grapes. Harvest: hand-picked. Vinification: fermentation at controlled temperature, maceration on the skins in steel tanks with daily pumpovers. Maturation: partly in French oak barrels for 4 months Appearance: ruby red colour tending to garnet at the rim. Bouquet: soft fruit, well-ripened cherry melding impressively into subtler impressions of violet. Long and intense. Palate: dry and sapid, its supple tannins and the alcoholic warmth create an admirable balance. Cellaring - Its obvious youthful qualities best suit it to be enjoyed during its first year, but it give considerable pleasure even after 3-4 years. Serving suggestions - Tomato sauce and ragout pasta, very good with bolognese lasagne and macaroni timbale. Perfect with porchetta (roast whole pig), shank of pork and veal stew. Serving temperature - 16/18° C. Alcohol: 12,5% vol.
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