Binomio started off as a challenge in 1998. The idea was to produce a great, structured yet modern Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The Montepulciano variety cultivated in the Abruzzi seems to have clearly has a Greek/Balkan origin, due to its complex morphological characteristics, its vigour, and so on. It became widespread in the very distant past, perhaps even in pre-Roman times, when it made its home in the Peligna Valley between the villages of Raiano and Sulmona, which, as history would have us believe, was colonized by Paeligni people coming from Asia Minor or Illyria in approximately the 12th century BC.
The vineyard Binomio is a classic “tendone abruzzese” with three canes per vine. The excellence of the terroir, the 40 year old vines and the warm situation of the vineyard are the main factors that make Binomio unique, together with the historical grape clone. The vine is an old Montepulciano bio-type variety defined as the “Africa-Binomio clone” that produces short-tailed bunches with small berries that resemble the shape of the African continent.
Vineyards location: Abruzzo-Pescara. On the edge of the park on the hills of Mount Majella
Grape varieties: Montepulciano 100% – Africa-Binomio clone
Vinification: Hand picking. De-stemming of the grapes. Maceration and fermentation in vertical vats. Racking, pressing and malolactic fermentation. The wine is then transferred into new and second -use (50/50) French oak barriques. Refining for about 15-18 months, selection of the best barriques, racking without clarification. Light filtration before bottling.
Tasting notes: Deep dense intense ruby red colour, with a purple viscous rim. Intense nose with ripe blackberry, wild strawberry and spices. Powerful and expansive on the palate, with ripe tannins and great balance. Round and fresh ending, long-lasting, with aromatic persistence.
Alcohol content: 14,5%
Food pairings: Pecora alla Callara, oven-baked or grilled meat, matured cheese.
Serve at: 16/18 °C