Estate: Carlo Tabarrini grew up in a farming family in Umbria. Vineyards were part of the farm’s crops, although the grapes were sold off and only a small amount kept to make their house wine. In 2002 he leased half a hectare of abandoned, old vines in Sant’Enea. Revitalizing the vineyard with organic and biodynamic methods, he began Cantina Margo in 2008, the following year he purchased the leased vineyard. He continued rescuing abandoned/neglected vineyards over the years, currently he has nearly 3 hectares of 25-50 year old vineyards.
Winemaking: Vines are in marl, limestone and clay soils, hand-harvested, destemmed, wild yeast spontaneous fermentation with skin maceration for 10 days in stainless steel and fiberglass tanks. Aged in both neutral oak and stainless steel, unfined, unfiltered, no added SO2.
Tasting Notes: All the cherries [black, red, morello], pomegranate, peppery spice, earth framed with fresh acidity and fine grain black tea tannins. Hazelnut and red currant infuse the crunchy finish. Clean and sleek with a funky drift.
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Carlo Tabarrini Cantina Margò
$23 [average price]