Grapes: 100% primitivo.
Vineyard: parcels trained by the alberello Pugliese and cordone speronato systems on deep, dry clayey soil with some tufaceous limestone; the average yield is 70 quintals of grapes per hectare.
Vinification: the bunches are picked by hand only from dawn until 9 o’clock in the morning when the temperature is cooler. Vinification takes place at a controlled temperature with about 2 weeks maceration and frequent remontages. Following the malolactic fermentation, part matures for 6 months in French barriques of various toastings, while the rest remains in steel.
Wine: dark crimson-red colour; full bouquet of ripe red fruits and cherry conserve, with notes of pepper and vanilla and hints of Mediterranean scrub; robust, concentrated, soft but very firm flavour with an elegant, lingering aftertaste of small black fruits conserve and liquorice.
Analytical details: 14.00% alcohol; 5.70 g/l total acidity; 3.60pH; 4g/l residual sugar; 31g/l dry extract.
Optimum keeping: 4-5 years in bottles stored horizontally in cool, dark conditions.
Food matches: roast or braised red meats, game, mature cheeses.
Serving temperature: 16°C.