Tag Archives: Petit Verdot

Poggio Lupo, Della Luna Merlot 2016


The wine estate Poggio Lupo is a young company founded from the dream of Massimo, Manuela and Marco Morgante.

The farm is located in the municipality of Allerona, in the province of Terni (Italy). The territory is characterized by the presence of clay-sandy soils comprising gray-blue clays, dating to the lower middle-sized pliocene. The vineyard stretches for about 32 hectares and is placed in a natural amphitheater with a south-eastern exposure that allows a great solar irradiation throughout the day.

The vineyard is made up of international varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Merlot Cabernet, Sauvignon and Petit verdot. The wines of Poggio Lupo derive from sustainable agriculture for a clientele attentive to the environmental issues in the search for products coming from a low impact agriculture and respectful of nature.

We tasted:

Della Luna Merlot 2016

It is a ruby red wine with purple shades. The olfactory bouquet features sweet spicy scents and red cherry and black berries. In the mouth is well balanced and of good persistence.

This wine is aged for 6 months in steel with batonnage on fine lees and for at least 3 months in bottle.

For the food pairing it is ideal with traditional Umbrian dishes like croutons with liver pans, salami, and semi-matured cheeses and with the stuffed cake (Capocollo, sausage, sausage and vegetables).

The Essence of Ornellaia 2014

The desire to nurture the Estate’s exceptional qualities has shaped Ornellaia’s philosophy since the beginning. Ornellaia is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot and the faithful expression of unique terroir developed in harmony with nature.


For Axel Heinz, Ornellaia’s Estate Director and Winemaker, the 2014 vintage exhibits the character of ‘L’Essenza,’ or the Essence. “When one is confronted with a challenging growing season, to make a great wine, one has to focus on simply extracting that year’s very essence. And, in fact, the 2014 year unexpectedly turned into a pleasant surprise, since the heavy rains and low temperatures during the ripening stages were followed by a September and October which brought us exemplary weather conditions; the result was a somewhat later harvest, which delivered optimally vibrant fruit with crisp acidities. We complemented that result with meticulous hand-picking, whose objective was to select only the most sound, healthy clusters. What one notices immediately about the 2014 vintage is the high quality of the tannins: elegant and silk-smooth, with no rough edges at all.

2014 will be remembered in Tuscany for the summer that never was and as one of the most unusual. A warm and rainy winter was followed by a mild and dry spring, a distinctively average July and a cold and rainy August. All of this created difficult conditions for the ripening of the grapes. September and October, however, brought perfect conditions, with mostly sunny and dry weather, offering excellent conditions for ripening, particularly for Merlot. While we had an incredible amount of extra work to do in the vineyard, the combination of the Estate’s varied subsoils, the varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and our own detailed knowledge of the terroir all played distinctively in our favour. Ornellaia underlines the fundamental difference in terroir between the coast and the central Tuscan vineyards.”

In technical words, about the climate of 2014, in our area we had a warm and wet winter was followed by a mild and dry spring which allowed a normal vegetative growth with a punctual and regular flowering. The weather in July was perfect, August however was rainy and cold, creating very difficult conditions for ripening, and greatly increasing the risk of diseases. The meticulous work in the vineyard, with leaf stripping and treatments during the entire month of August enabled us to maintain the good health of our vines, allowing them to develop free of disease during September and October. These two months conditions, with mostly sunny and dry weather, gave us excellent conditions for ripening. During the harvest, it was crucial to select the grape bunches carefully, both in the vineyard – where in some plots we did up to three harvest passages – and on the selection table, so to fill the tanks only with perfectly healthy and fully ripe grapes. 2014 was one of the longest and most delayed harvests at Ornellaia, with the first Merlot harvested the 6th of September, and a large part of the historical vineyards – including some Merlot – harvested in October. The 2014 harvest, that ended on the 22nd of October, was the latest ever.

As always, the grapes were hand-picked into 15-kg boxes and then selected by hand on a double sorting table, before and after destemming, and finally softly crushed. Each grape variety and single vineyard block was vinified separately. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26-30°C for two week, followed by 10-15 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation took place mainly in oak barrels, 70% new and 30% once-used. The wine then remained in barriques, in Ornellaia’s temperature-controlled cellars for about 18 months. After the first 12 months of maturation, the wine was assembled and then returned to the barriques for an additional 6 months. After bottling, the wine aged a further 12 months prior to release.


Costantino wines

nslide6Costantino wines lies in the Sicilian hinterland dotted with mythological stories whose protagonists were Minos, Theseus, the god Dionysus. We are in Partinico at about thirty kilometers from Palermo, where Costantino winery was founded in 1960 by Papa’ Onofrio said “Nonò”, a true Sicilian love with his land. Driven by this passion, “Nono” day after day gave form to that which a company was for him the realization of that dream the place to grow and learn to life.

Today the third generation and the zeal and passion for the land and its products is the same as always. Develop, through the cultivation of fruit, flavors, scents, genuineness, authenticity of the products of Sicily in the tradition that distinguishes it: this is the ambition of Constantine wines.

The land covers 55 hectar of land planted with vines at a height above sea level from 250 to 600m. In the 55 hectares of land have been selected the best varieties of native grapes (Nero d’Avola, Catarratto, grecanico, unusual, Muller Thurgau, cricket) and international grape varieties (Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay). Cultivation has a carefully crafted using much labor and a few mechanical means.

In the cellar, the innovation and the traditional techniques are perfectly integrated, in order to ensure the highest quality and authenticity of the final product.

We tasted:

Nono’ Terre siciliane 2012

nonoThis wine is a blend of Petit Verdot 60% and Cabernet Sauvignon 40% obtained by manual harvest in the second decade of October. The wine is made with alcoolic fermentation at controlled temperature for 15 days in steel tank.aged for 60 days in tonneau. It presents a very intense red color. The nose stand out notes of red fruits, spices and dried fruits. In the mouth is smooth and balanced and presents a decided structure with enveloping and soft tannings. In the culinary pairings the best expression is with roasts, grilled meats, game and seasoned cheeses.

ARIA SICILIANA Grillo 2015aria-siciliana-grillo

Grillo is a wine comes from a calcareous clayey. It is a wine obtained from grape Grillo 100% by manual harvest in September. The vinification is made through maceration for about 6 hours, soft pressing and fermentation at controlled teperature in steel tank. Grillo is brilliant with a straw yellow colour. The nose has a bouquet of peaches blossom and fruit giving freshness and flavor to the palate. Fish cous cous, meatballs of sardines, based sea bream and also fresh cheeses, risotto with porcini mushrooms and white meat are the best food pairing.