Valle Reale San Calisto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015
Calisto is the father of all the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo vineyards in Valle Reale dating back to 1582. In 1960, the ancient 8-hectare vineyard was planted according to the traditional "pergola abruzzese” – or “Abruzzo arbour” system – and then abandoned by its previous owners. It has given rise to the entire agronomic project that we see today. From these vines, we carefully selected the plants from which we collected the buds of Montepulciano that were later grafted and used for new plants, which today make up the vineyard of Popoli. Only during the best vintages do we destine a parcel of 4 hectares, limited to the highest area, to the production of San Calisto cru.
Unfortunately, year after year, this production decreases due to the age of the plants. This is a vineyard of great historical value, standing witness to the saga of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, the first traces of which have been documented in this area of the mountains. The ripening of the grapes is very slow and the harvest is unlikely to take place before the beginning of November. The winds are cold and especially strong in this corner of the uplands. The temperature difference from day to night, which occurs during all four seasons, gives rise to high levels of acidity. This means that the wine is best consumed after many years of aging in the bottle.
2015 was the perfect vintage for reds, very long and with a warm summer. A structured wine but with an interesting complexity of the flower. Layered aromas of ripe blackberries and crushed black cherries, followed by spicy notes of cassis, leather and dried herbs. Its excellent structure is perfectly complemented by a silky, rich mouthfeel and a long, persistent finish.