2018 Claudio Morelli Sangiovese Colli Pesaresi "La Vigna delle Terrazze"
Pure Sangiovese from a single vineyard near the Adriatic coast, at around 100 meters above sea level. The soil is tuff (limestone) and sand, the vines were planted in the 1970s, and the site is very well ventilated by ocean breezes. The grapes de-stemmed, crushed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks. After a total of about two weeks of maceration the wine is pressed off the skins and aged in stainless steel for about 12 months.
Tasting Notes: Classic Sangiovese mid-red color; aroma and flavor of red berries, herbs, and a classic hint of violets. The body is mid-weight with medium tannins and excellent balancing acidity. Perfect with pizza or many different pasta dishes.
About Claudio Morelli: Claudio Morelli is a wine-grower in the little coast town of Fano, south of Pesaro, in the Marche. The Morelli family farm goes back generations and traditionally produced not just wine grapes but olives and other fruits and vegetables. In the 1950s, the focus shifted almost exclusively to wine and olive oil, and today Claudio Morelli farms 22 hectares of vineyards and 400 olive trees. Bianchello/Biancame, which is thought to be a branch of Italy’s vast Trebbiano family, is Morelli’s main preoccupation, although he grows Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and several other red grapes as well. The soils in the area are a mix of hard volcanic tuff and sand, and the proximity of the vineyards to the Adriatic provides ample ventilation, allowing for extended hang time of the grapes.