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Gran Cuvee Bianco Vino Spumante Brut: 100% Cococciola. The fruit is picked when perfectly ripe, and undergoes a brief maceration on the skins, three months on the fine lees with the Charmat Method enhancing the grapes? lively aromas. The brilliant hues and perlage introduce an ample, intriguing bouquet of green citrus fruit and flowers, zesty flavors on a mineral backbone, elegant balance and a long, crisp finish. Non-Vintage.

Gran Cuvee Rose Vino Spumante Brut: 100% Aglianico del Vulture. After the grapes are harvested, they undergo brief maceration on the skins before fermenting for 20 days. The wine then undergoes the Charmat Method for 60 days in autoclaves. Pomegranate in color, with elegant and persistent perlage, its bouquet jumps out of the glass with ripe notes of cherry fruit, raspberry, red currant and wild strawberries confirmed on a fresh, flavorful and well-balanced palate.

"Casale Vecchio" Pecorino Terre di Chieti DOC: 100% Pecorino from vineyards located in Crecchio, Vasto, and other small farms. After harvest, the grapes undergo delicate stalk-stripping and crushing. The grapes remain in contact with the skins for about 12 hours. After soft pressing and static clarification of the must, fermentation takes place. 80% of the juice is fermented in steel tanks, the other 20% in French oak barriques. The wine undergoes no oak aging to preserve the freshness and aromas. Lovely straw yellow in color with verdant hues, balsamic notes, and aromas of apples and pears; excellent body, intensity and persistence.

Chardonnay IGT: 100% Chardonnay from Ortona. The grapes are harvested at the end of August and undergo stalk-stripping and crushing. The grapes then undergo cold maceration for eight hours before pressing and fermentation. The wine has no wood aging. Lively straw yellow, the nose is intense and quite persistent, fruity, with notes of tropical fruit and peaches. On the palate, good balance, body, intensity, and persistence.

Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGT: 100% Pinot Grigio from vineyards located in Valle del Belice. The clear must ferments at a temperature of 53-57?F. At the end of the fermentation, the lees are then left to rest for three to five months and then bottled. Straw yellow with golden highlights. Fruity, peach, grapefruit, lemon-lime and mineral flavors; medium body with roundness and good balance.

Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC: 85% Trebbiano d?Abruzzo and 15% Malvasia from vineyards located within the township of Ortona and covering 99 acres. The grapes undergo soft pressing and de-stalking, static clarification, fermentation of the clean must for 20 days, at a controlled temperature of 53.6? F. Lively and intense straw yellow color; the nose is quite intense and persistent, fruity with notes of yellow fruit (peach and medlar), floral (white flowers, orange and lemon blossoms). Well balanced, with good structure and length.

Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC: 100% Montepulciano d?Abruzzo. Harvest takes place in early October; after gentle de-stalking and pressing, the grapes undergo a brief six-hour maceration to achieve the lovely rose hue, followed by racking and fermentation without the skins for 15 days at 53.6? F. The result is lively, light cherry color; bouquet is fruity, intense and persistent, showing strawberry notes confirmed on a medium-bodied palate with excellent intensity, balance, and persistence.

Edizione Cinque Autoctoni: A blend of five indigenous grapes from two regions, Abruzzi, and Puglia: 33% Montepulciano, 30% Primitivo, 25% Sangiovese, 7% Negroamaro, and 5% Malvasia Nera. After 25 days? maceration on the skins, fermentation is in barrique, where the wine ages for 13 months. Deep garnet color, intense notes of cherry, plums, ripe currant, tobacco; great body, sweet tannins, velvety texture, followed by a rich, long finish. The vintage is undeclared on the label because the blend?s five grapes come from two different regions: Puglia and Abruzzi. Thus, Italian labeling regulations require that this is an officially ?non-vintage? wine.

OPI Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Riserva DOCG: This is Farnese?s pinnacle Montepulciano d?Abruzzo, from the Colline Teramane appellation. The grapes undergo soft pressing and de-stalking, maceration on the skins and fermentation for 25 days; malolactic in barrique Malolactic fermentation takes place in barriques and barrique ?levage for 24 months. Ruby to garnet in color, the nose is well integrated with spice, tobacco, vanilla, and licorice; full-bodied, round, well balanced, rich, long palate. Certified Organic by the CCPB

"Casale Vecchio" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC: 100% Montepulciano d?Abruzzo from vineyards located in Colonnella, Ancarano and Controguerra, covering nearly 62 acres. The grapes are soft pressed and de-stalked, maceration on the skins and fermentation for 20 days. Malolactic in barrique and six months? maturation in these same barriques. The latter are 60% French and 40% American. Very deep, brilliant ruby with purple reflections, the bouquet shows excellent intensity and richness, with notes of ripe red fruit, macaroons, marzipan and sweet spices. Mellow, flavorful and complex on the palate, with smooth, velvety tannins, outstanding freshness and balance.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC: 100% Montepulciano from vineyards located within the townships of Ortona, San Salvo, and Pollutri and covering a total of 825 acres. The grapes undergo soft pressing and de-stalking, before maceration on the skins and fermentation for 15 days. Ruby red with garnet reflections, the bouquet is fruity and quite persistent, reminiscent of red fruits, marasca cherries, and plums with vanilla nuances; full-bodied, with good balance and firm tannins, flavorful and long on the palate, immediately appealing and versatile.

Sangiovese Terre di Chieti IGT: 100% Sangiovese from Crecchio and other small farms and covering a total of 939 acres. The grapes undergo soft pressing and de-stalking, before maceration on the skins and fermentation for 9-11 days. Between 10-20% of the wine is aged in oak and 90-80 % of the wine aged in stainless steel Garnet color, fruity bouquet of strawberries and black cherries with vinous notes and hints of wood, quite intense and persistent; medium-bodied, with firm tannins and good balance, immediate appeal.