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Conestabile della Staffa ‘Vivó Rosso’ Umbria Rosso IGT 2020

Estate: Dating back to 1700, the Conestabile della Staffa estate is the result of a marriage between 2 ancient, noble families; the Conestabile family of Orvieto and the Della Staffa family from Perugia. The estate prospered over the years, by the 1800’s there were over 700 hectares given to mixed agricultural use, including 100 hectares of vineyards. The end of WWII brought the estate to a standstill, the last vintage was produced in 1956, grapes were sold to local cooperatives until 2015.

Enter “master natural wine-whisperer, eno-artisan” Danilo Marcucci. From the US importer, SelectioNaturel “La Staffa is of his wife’s family ancestry, this is made clear every time Danilo speaks of the property…he is merely a guest, married to the vines and his wife Alessandra’s noble lineage.” Danilo has revived 12 hectares of native vines that were planted in the 1970’s. In its long history the land remained untouched by chemicals. Danilo farms using low intervention, organic methods, with “no yeast, no chemical corrections, no sulfur. No technology”.

Winemaking: Wild yeast spontaneous fermentation “with a unique method of semi-carbonic maceration that Danilo has been researching and working with that involves covering the fermenter in a simple clay-like paste with partial whole clusters and a brief 2 days on the skins” [-SelectioNaturel]. Aged in fiberglass tanks, unfined, unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: A dynamic fusion of black cherry, pomegranate, blackberry liqueur, sun baked earthy minerality, white pepper, bit of rose petal, tingly acidity and fine grain tannins. Hazelnut gilds rich black cherry and black currant on the silky finish.

100% Gamay del Trasimeno [Cannonau, Garnacha]
Umbria Rosso IGT
Produced & Bottled by Azienda Agraria della Staffa di Alessio Conestabile della Staffa
12% Alcohol
$25 [average price]

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