Estate: Costa Graia was founded by 3 friends from Lazio; Daniele Proietti, Gabriele Graia, and Pierluca Proietti. The 7 hectares of vineyards are located in Piglio, in the Lazio region, about 50 kilometers southeast of Rome. They grow grapes indigenous to the area with minimal intervention and zero chemicals or additives. Check out their Manifesto Page, one of my favourites is:
#4 “Wine spreads out from the love for vineyards.”
Winemaking: Grapes are from the historical 3 hectare Vignali vineyard on the slopes of Colle di Grano. Divided into 2 parcels, vines date to 1998 and 2005/06, soils are volcanic and clay. Vinified in stainless steel tanks, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, followed by 8 months in 700-liter French oak tonneaux and then in cement for 10 months. Bottled in July 2016, during the waning moon, released December 2016.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour. Very aromatic with cinnamon, cherry compote, raspberry, crushed black peppercorn, woods, wildflowers and a trace of cigar box spice. All the cherries [black, red and sour] blackberry, strawberry, black currant and baking spices are framed by fresh acidity and silky black tea tannins. More berry fruit, spice and a wisp of smoky minerality linger on the plush finish.
Piglio Superiore DOCG
Estate Bottled by Costa Graia S.r.l.
Bottle n° 2112 of 3300