Best Wines of Le Marche: Pergola Rosso Doc Vernaculum, Villa Ligi | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Grape: Vernaccia Rossa di Pergola, Aleatico clone 100% - red wine

Growing area: Village of Montalfoglio, S. Cristoforo farm, 395 m above sea level
Village of Montevecchio, 485 m above sea level

Soil characteristics: medium density - slightly clayey in Montalfoglio, clay, slightly calciferous in Montevecchio

Slope orientation south-east east

Average age of the vineyards: 35 years in Montalfoglio - 20 years in Montevecchio

Vine training system: Upwards spur trained Cordon system, vine density 2500 vines/ha
Upwards trained Guyot-System, vine density 2800 vines/ha

Yield: 6 tons of grapes per ha

Harvest: Manually, strict grape selection, beginning of September

Vinification: Destemming and crushing of the grapes, temperature controlled fermentation at 25-28°C for 7-10 days in stainless steel containers, malolactic fermentation in glass-coated cement vats, followed by a 3 months aging period. Bottling in January and further aging in the bottle.

Wine description: "Vernaculum" is made from grapes of an Aleatico clone, introduced to the area in 1234, the year Pergola was founded by the Gubbio city government. The colour is ruby-red tending to purple-red, intense nose of cherry, pomegranate and wild berry; on the palate it leaves a dry and fresh sensation, offering a harmonious and very distinct character. "Vernaculum" is traditionally served with prosciutto and coldmeat, dishes with white meat, with truffles or mushrooms and with fish stew.
This wine should be drunk young, within 2 years from bottling.

Serving temperature: 14-16°C.