Francesco Cirelli 2020 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy
Winemaker: Francesco Cirelli
Terroir: This dark, ruby-colored wine comes from the organic estate vineyards in Atri. Chalky limestone and clay.
Vineyards/History: "I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a well off family which allow me to spent a fantastic and dispassionate childhood and to study in the most prestigious schools in EU; My grandparents and my parents spent all their entire life on bettering the social, cultural, economical status of the family, cutting all the links with their origin: the soil. Once I got the graduation in BA I decided to invest my little money on a farm in Abruzzo, the so-called “green region of Europe”. Since 2003 I am therefore trying to reestablish a link between myself and the origin of my Family because I am more then convinced of the goodness of the values within farming. In fact there is a phrase that I love (but I don’t remember the author): “the farmer is the closest man to God”. This is not to say that I feel close to God, but I would like my children to grow up with a better understanding of the moral values of the soil. That’s all." - Francesco Cirelli
Vinification: Hand-harvested, de-stemmed, and fermented on its skins for 10-15 days at 25-30 degrees Celsius.
Aging: Stainless steel vats for up to 6 months and bottled early to retain its explosive red fruit aromatics.
Tasting Notes: Firm, ripe tannins add grip to this tense but strikingly complex wine. Very food friendly, it is a remarkable value produced by a passionate artisan wine grower.