Estate: Sommelier, author and filmmaker Lorelle Reale, along with her husband Piero Riccardi, who in addition to being a director and author for RAI [the Italian national broadcast company] has dedicated his life to studying agriculture and biodiversity, established Riccardi Reale in 2010. Located outside Roma, between the Aneine River Valley and the Prenestini Mountains, the 5 hectares of land belonged to Piero’s grandparents. Advocates of biodynamic farming and biodiversity, the couple set out to preserve the “extraordinary plant and animal biodiversity” of the property.
Winemaking: Vines are 10-35 years old in red volcanic soils at 7800 meters in elevation. Wild yeast spontaneous fermentation, aged 6 months in chestnut barrels, unfined, unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Nectarine, mango, baked pear, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus glossed by citrus acidity. Jasmine green tea tannins fuse with tangerine on the nutty, smoky sea salt mineral finish.
Malvasia Puntinata [must be a minimum of 85% to be listed on the label], Bellone and Ottonese
Bottled by Società Riccardi Reale s.s.
€17 [purchased in Italy]