San Calisto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2010

San Calisto is Valle Reale’s flagship wine. This muscular, yet refined, red is made from 100% Montepulciano grown in the San Calisto parcel, the oldest plot in the Valle Reale estate. This special vineyard is located in one of Italy's most beautiful national parks, surrounded by the majestic Gran Sasso mountain range.  Here, the vines benefit from the high elevation, a wide diurnal temperature range, lots of cool breezes, and limestone-rich soils.

Tasting Notes

Deep, ruby-red in color, San Calisto offers layered aromas of ripe blackberries and crushed black cherries, followed by spicy notes of cassis, leather, and Mediterranean wildflowers. On the palate, its firm structure is elegantly softened by its silky, rich mouthfeel.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with barbecued ribs, fresh berry coulis, mint-roasted lamb shank, or steak au poivre.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The San Calisto vineyard
Vineyard size
10 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Pebbly Clay-Loam
Training method
Pergola/Arbor-trained
Elevation
1,155 feet
Vines/acre
640
Yield/acre
3.2 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1950
Harvest time
November
First vintage of this wine
2000
Bottles produced of this wine
8,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
Five years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
75-79 °F
Maceration technique
Racking
Maceration length
10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Tonneaux
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
500 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
24 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.5 %
pH level
3.4
Residual sugar
1.5 g/L
Acidity
6 g/L
Dry extract
31 g/L

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