Appellation : Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
Pays : Italie
Region : Abruzzo
Cépages : Montepulciano
Surface vignoble : 2 hectares
Sol : argilo-calcaire
Ages des vignes : 10 ans
Rendement : 40hl/ha
Culture : bio
Vendanges : manuelles à maturité optimale. La vendange arrive la troisième semaine de Septembre, quand la récolte est parfaitement mure (ceci est établi par le mesure son niveau de sucre, son pH, son acidité total et son potentiel polyphénolique).
Vinification : léger macération, léger pressurage, 3 mois sur lies fines en barrique d’inox.
Elevage : 12 mois en cuves inox. Pas de filtrage.
Sulfite : 40mg/L.
Notes de dégustation :
Un Trebbiano très aromatique, beaucoup fraicheur avec des aromes de fruit exotiques, agrumes, léger coté florale. Un vin harmonieux, doux et rond.
Robe : rouge vif.
Nez : parfum frais, intensément fruité avec des notes de fruits rouges mûrs.
Bouche : doux, rond, corsé et cohérente.
Accords mets/vin : A déguster avec salami épicé, des plats de pâtes, les viandes rouges et les fromages.
Agricola Cirelli is an organic farm certified by IMC (doc. n.3194 RV.01), surrounded by 23 hectares of land. All of its production is designed to respect the natural cycles of the olive trees, vineyards, horticultural crops and the animal breedings.
The rotation of the crops, which allows the land to rest, the fertilization process and the grazing of the free range animals represent some of the most important phases in the production process of olive oil, wine, vegetables, fruit and meats of supreme quality.
Horticultural production: barley, spelt, wheat, garlic, figs
100% Cirelli’s organic products: wine, olive oil, flour, pasta, garlic and fig pastes
« I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a well off family which allow me to spent a fantastic and dispassionate childhood and to study in the most prestigious schools in EU; My grandparents and my parents spent all their entire life on bettering the social, cultural, economical status of the family, cutting all the links with their origin: the soil. Once I got the graduation in BA I decided to invest my little money on a farm in Abruzzo, the so-called “green region of Europe”. Since 2003 I am therefore trying to reestablish a link between myself and the origin of my Family because I am more then convinced of the goodness of the values within the farming. In fact there is a phrase that I love (but I don’t remember the author): “the farmer is the closest man to God”. This is not to say that I feel close to God, but I would like my children to grow up with a better understanding of the moral values of the soil. That’s all. » – Francesco Cirelli
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Justin Gallen, an Italian importer and one of his producers, Francesco Cirelli, a winemaker from the eastern Italian region of Abruzzo. This week Cirelli emphasizes the importance of organic and biodiversity farming, a concept he puts into practice back home in Italy.
Drink of the Week (DOTW) : What types of wine does Cirelli produce?
Francesco Cirelli (FC) : First of all, we are respectful of the sense of place. They have to be wines that are showing the characteristics of the place where the wines are being produced. Second, they have to be as natural as possible meaning that, yes, we are certified organic.
DOTW : Where does your wine come from?
FC : We acquired an estate in 2003 in Abruzzo. It’s an eastern Italian region of Italy on the same latitude as Rome. Whereas Rome is on the west, we are on the east. We don’t have any background in agriculture, but we really wanted to experience something new. We really wanted to change our life and try to focus on different values. Since the beginning, we wanted to have a full farm concept and organic, so we decided to plant the new vineyards, but at the same time we planted the fig trees, we planted garlic, we planted olive trees. This is extremely important if you want to be a real, organic farm. It’s rather better to have different cultivations instead of being a monocultural kind of farm. We also started breeding geese. Now, we have 300 geese going around the farm naturally feeding the soil and controlling the weeds.
DOTW : What are some of your other products?
FC : We produce wines, extra-virgin organic olive oils, fig marmalades, fresh garlic. We also produce hams and salamis from the goose meat and a very nice marmalade from the Montepulciano grapes. We have about ten different products.
DOTW : Can you talk a little bit about the winemaking process?
FC : It really depends on the style of wine. Now we are producing two different styles. The first is a little bit more of a daily wine. A little bit easier, great drinkability and low in acidity. Those wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks. The second style is a little bit more, I would say, philosophical or a little more complicated. We decided to use a very old container for fermentations which is clay. They are 800-liter clay vessels. Two different winemaking processes, two different styles.
DOTW : Can you choose a favorite?
FC : The favorite is the amphora-fermented wines. They are the more artisanal containers. Those are the containers where you are obliged to intervene manually and you can use nothing except for your body. If you have to clean, you have to go inside with your swimming suit and clean the vessel. You cannot use anything else. This makes for a more emotional process. It’s the one that requires more effort. It’s you and the clay vessel, that is all.
DOTW : Mr. Gallen, on your website you’ve said something very beautiful, “Every time I open a bottle, I want to be taken on an adventure of the mind. I want to be transported to another place and another time… another world.” Where does Cirelli’s wine take you?
JG : The reason why people are fascinated by wine is that it does transport you. When you taste the Montepulciano, the Cerasuolo, the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, you can feel yourself being taken to the Italian countryside. You smell the flowers, you smell the herbs in the soil, you smell the flavors that are coming from the grapes and you can feel the sun on the grapes and the sun that, then, is on your shoulders as you are transported into that environment. It truly is the one alcoholic beverage that provides you with a sense of place and a sense of history and a sense of being in the moment… and Francesco’s wines definitely do that.