Di Majo Norante Apianae 2016

This is a wine that has been celebrated throughout history.  It was first mentioned by the Romans, who named it after the bees that were attracted to the Moscato Reale grapes (api is Latin for "bees"), and much later it became a favorite of many Popes.  After harvest, the grapes are pressed and left to ferment slowly for approximately 20-25 days.  The wine is then matured for two years in large casks before release.  All this patient winemaking definitely pays off in the final wine:  the results are sweet indeed...

Tasting Notes

Bright gold in color with amber reflections, this wine has intense notes of orange blossoms and honey that are complemented by undertones of honeysuckle and vanilla. On the palate, unctuous viscosity and crisp acidity make for a pleasant, lengthy finish.

Food Pairing

Apianae is a wine for meditation, but it is also ideal with pâté, biscotti, and pizzelle.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Molise DOC
Vineyard size
15 acres
Soil composition
Sand and Clay
Training method
Pergola/Arbor-trained
Elevation
660 feet
Vines/acre
1,760
Yield/acre
2.2-2.8 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1980
Harvest time
October-November
First vintage of this wine
1980
Bottles produced of this wine
8,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Moscato
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
Five years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
20-25 days
Fermentation temperature
61 °F
Type of aging container
Casks
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
20 HL
Length of aging before bottling
24 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.5 %
pH level
3.52
Residual sugar
98.5 g/L
Acidity
5.9 g/L
Dry extract
26 g/L

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