Boccadigabbia 2015 Rosso Piceno, Marche, Italy

Boccadigabbia 2015 Rosso Piceno, Marche, Italy

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Boccadigabbia 2015 Rosso Piceno, Marche, Italy

Winemaker: Francesco Pennesi

Farming: Sustainable

Varieties: Montepulciano, Sangiovese

Terroir: The 23 hectares of vineyards stand on hills in two separate zones, Civitanova and Macerata. The international grape varieties are grown in Civitanova, while the Italian varieties are grown in Macerata. The estate takes part in a programme financed by the Marche Region for  viticulture with a low environmental impact, so that the practices in  the vineyard are strictly environment friendly. 

Vinification: Destemming and soft crushing of the clusters. Alcoholic fermentation in  stainless steel tanks with frequent pumping over of the must. 

Aging: French oak barriques of second and third use for 10-12  months.

For many reasons Boccadigabbia is one of the most interesting domaines  in the Marche region. Until 1950 the estate belonged to Prince Luigi  Girolamo Napoleon Bonaparte, direct descendant of the Napoleon we all  know. In fact, ever since the early 19th century, French grapes were  planted at Boccadigabbia under the Napoleonic administration, varietals  the locals described as “bordò” and “francesi” - a heritage  unfortunately totally lost in the breakdown of the imperial properties  that ended in their sale.

It, then, makes perfect sense that Elvio Alessandri, the present owner,  decided to plant Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot and  Cabernet Sauvignon alongside the traditional Sangiovese, Ribona,  Montepulciano and Verdicchio: the choice had a historical as well as  qualitative significance.

Elvio’s son Lorenzo works full time at the estate, the vineyards are supervised by the agronomist Luca Severini and the cellars are managed  by the oenologist Francesco Pennesi with the consultancy of the well  known oenologist Emiliano Falsini.

There are two cellars, an extremely modern one in Civitanova, which was  completed in 2010, and an older one in Macerata, that was bought  together with the vineyards by Elvio in 1996. The philosophy is to maintain tradition with the aid of modern  technology, but also to maintain the particular character of the wines  made with the Italian and international grape varieties of the estate.

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