VILLA FIDELIA ROSSO

Classification
Umbria Rosso IGT

Vintage
2014                                                                                         

Grape Blend
Merlot 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Cabernet Franc 10%

 

Climate

The winter was generally mild and rainy, with temperatures rarely below 0 °C.

Spring began with warm temperatures that lead to an early sprouting of all grape varieties.

The month of June bring about a very unusual summer: low temperatures frequent and heavy rainfalls.

This caused a significant delay of grape ripening, due to the low solar radiation of July.

Instead, August and September were full of sunny days, warm temperature during the day and fresh nights. This has allowed a harvest without too much difficulty, ensuring healthy good quality grapes.

Vinification
The grapes stem from 17-18 year-old vineyards located on Spello and Assisi hills, at around 400 meters of altitude. The medium-textured soil is relatively loose, shallow, rich in high-porosity and high-permeability stones due to the alteration of the original sandstones.
Harvest started in early September for Merlot, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Once harvested, the grapes are moved to the winery and immediately de-stemmed. They are then macerated on stainless steel, thermo-conditioned tanks for about 15 days, with regular pumpovers and delestage. The wine is then moved into 228-liter, French oak barriques where the malolactic fermentation and a 12-month refinement will occur. Further 24 moths of ageing in bottles will then follow.

Alcoholic Content: 15% vol. – Total Acidity: 5.10 g/L – Dry Extract: 30 g/L

Background
The first vintage of Villa Fidelia Rosso dates back to 1990.
In 1998, Sportoletti winery started collaborating with Riccardo Cotarella who changed the way vineyards are managed in addition to wine making techniques and grape blends. Thanks to his expertise, Villa Fidelia Rosso acquires its own identity.
The name Villa Fidelia® refers to a nineteenth-century villa which is just 500 meters far from the winery and represents the town of Spello from the historical and cultural standpoints.

Tasting notes
Intense dark red colour, with complex scents recalling blackberry jam, tobacco, spices, liquorice and chocolate.
Sumptuous and elegant in the mouth, with perfectly balanced silky tannins which clear the way for a rich and long finish.

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