San Calisto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2010

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San Calisto is Valle Reale’s flagship wine. This muscular, yet refined, red is made from 100% Montepulciano grown in the San Calisto parcel, the oldest plot in the Valle Reale estate. This special vineyard is located in one of Italy's most beautiful national parks, surrounded by the majestic Gran Sasso mountain range.  Here, the vines benefit from the high elevation, a wide diurnal temperature range, lots of cool breezes, and limestone-rich soils.

Tasting Notes

Deep, ruby-red in color, San Calisto offers layered aromas of ripe blackberries and crushed black cherries, followed by spicy notes of cassis, leather, and Mediterranean wildflowers. On the palate, its firm structure is elegantly softened by its silky, rich mouthfeel.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with barbecued ribs, fresh berry coulis, mint-roasted lamb shank, or steak au poivre.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Vineyard name:
The San Calisto vineyard
Vineyard size:
10 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous and Pebbly Clay-Loam
Training method:
Pergola/Arbor-trained
Elevation:
1,155 feet
Vines/acre:
640
Yield/acre:
3.2 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted:
1950
Harvest time:
November
First vintage of this wine:
2000
Bottles produced of this wine:
8,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
10 days
Fermentation temperature:
75-79 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking
Length of maceration:
10 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Tonneaux
Size of aging container:
500 L
Age of aging container:
Five years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
24 months
Length of bottle aging:
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.5 %
pH level:
3.4
Residual sugar:
1.5 g/L
Acidity:
6.0 g/L
Dry extract:
31.0 g/L

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