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'An absolute masterwork of nature, technique, humanity and pure passion.'
99 Points - Luca Maroni (No. 1 Greatest Wine of Italy 2017)
Described as "A true expression of Southern Italy" by winemaker Valentino Sciotti, the Farnese Edizione Cinque Autoctoni must be one of Italy's most fascinating wines!
Designed to showcase the best of Italy's native grapes, this immensely popular wine is a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese sourced from Abruzzo blended with Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera from the south of Puglia.
It's also a blend of vintages (although this edition is mostly based upon 2016) with the idea to produce the best possible wine from the best possible grapes.
The Farnese group owns Gran Sasso, Vesevo, Vigneti Zabu, Vigneti del Salento, Vigneti del Vulture and Tufarello, among others, but this is their flagship winery.
The vineyards are based in the northern part of the Abruzzo, where ripeness and freshness combine in the wines. Alberto Antonini oversees production, ensuring these wines offer great quality, varietal character and value.
From five autochtonous (native) grapes - hence the name. The vintage is undeclared on the label. The only numeric indication to appear is a progressive number that is not that of the vintage, merely the number of years since the wine's first release (1999). The reason for this is that the blend's five autochthonous ("cinque autoctoni") grapes actually come from two different regions, Puglia and Abruzzi. Thus, labeling regulations require that this be an officially "non-vintage" wine. "We wanted to prove it was possible to achieve nobility and breed by employing only the incredible range of native grapes our country has to offer," Valentino confides. Mission accomplished. 33% Montepulciano, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Malvasia Nera, 30% Primitivo, and 7% Negroamaro.
Grapes for the Cinque Autoctoni are grown in the communes of Colonnella, Ortona, Sava and San Marzano. The Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes are from the Abruzzi while the Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are grown in Southern Puglia. This is why the wine is classified as a Vino da Tavola. A deeply coloured, intense and powerful wine that is, according to its creator, Valentino Sciotti, 'a true taste of Southern Italy'.
Grapes were pressed and destemmed before maceration and fermentation which lasted 25 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in new oak barriques, of which 60% were American and the remainder French. The wine remained in oak for 13 months. The varieties are aged separately before blending to create a rich and powerful, yet eminently drinkable wine.
Very deep garnet red. Very intense and persistent with notes of cherry and blackcurrant, herbs, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa, liquorice and hints of mineral. Great structure, good balance between alcohol and freshness, velvety tannins, very persistent with a long finish, ready to drink, or can well be aged for long
'Its radiant force of fruit and flower emerges in a unique nose with notes of blackberry, violet, and black cherry that daze the nostrils…With a taste, balanced in acid, softness and tannins, of a suppleness and force that is simply phenomenal…An absolute masterwork of nature, technique, humanity and pure passion.'
99 Points - Luca Maroni
No. 1 Greatest Wine of Italy 2017
Italian Producer of the Year - 2016/17 - Luca Maroni
Berliner Wine Trophy - Gold Medal
AWC Vienna - Gold Medal
5 Grappoli - Bibenda 2017 (Highest Score Available)
4.3/5 stars from 24,284 Vivino reviewers (All Vintages)
"Appearance: very dark red with ruby hues. Bouquet: very attractive nose with scents of dark fruits and hints of vanilla and clove. Palate: full bodied , polished tannins, soft texture, moderate acidity offering notes of blackberries, black cherries , ripe black currant and sweet spices from oak ageing. Long length" 4.5/5 Stars
"One of the best wines I ever tasted. Deep garnet with complex but amazingly smooth touch. Complex aromas of casis, dark cherry, plum, blueberry with slight earthy and greeny notes." 4.5/5 Stars
"Intense fruity aroma, some notes of vanilla, good tannins, full body, a bit sweet long finish. Very nice!" 5/5 Stars
"This is a fantastic wine and for the price it is definitely a bargain. Beautiful full flavoured fruity wine with great aroma and a nice finish. At this price it's an everyday drinker." 4/5 Stars
"An interesting, intense, and wild wine. A blend of five grapes, two regions, multiple vintages. This is something very italian but entirely against the Italian tradition. Highly recommend buying, trying and cellaring" 4.5/5 Stars
97 Points - Huon Hooke (Previous Edition)
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