100% Centesimino from Roncofreddo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Certified Organic, Biodynamic, Unfiltered, Unfined; Suitable for Vegans; Low Intervention.
HISTORY: The Villa Venti story began in 2002 when Mauro and Davide decided to leave their jobs and devote themselves and their families to a lifestyle closer to nature. For Mauro, the choice had deep roots: as a boy he’d attended professional wine tasting classes: “I’m nostalgic about our trips through neighbouring hills riding our Vespas to taste that raw Sangiovese that local producers sold on tap. A wine that, nevertheless, showed potential, a canvas that we could paint on.”
Villa Venti is in the town of Roncofreddo, near Longiano in the province of Forlì Cesena. The Adriatic Sea is about 5 miles as the crow flies with Cesenatico just up the coast and Rimini a little further south. The Longiano subzone goes from the left bank of the Rubicone river to the west border of the province of Rimini. Longiano and Roncofreddo are the most representative areas, with ochre soils and sandy and calcareous clay mixtures.
ABOUT: It was never a question for the co-op how to farm. Organics and Biodynamics are the only way for them, and they’ve been doing it strictly since 1985. They cherish their soils, and organics are the only way to keep them lively and connected to the surrounding ecosystem. From the beginning they chose to farm organically, using only products of vegetable or mineral origin, not chemical synthesis. They have recently set out on a new path to embrace biodynamic farming that will allow them to reduce the use of copper in the vineyards.
VINIFICATION: Vineyards are located at 120 M above Sea Level. Grapes are hand-picked and then de-stemmed. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperature and with indigenous yeasts. The wine undergoes Malolactic Fermentation, after which it is aged in 500 & 600 liter Georgian qvevri for 6 months on its skins, seeds and lees. The wine is then bottled unfiltered & unfined, with minimal additions of Sulfur (48 PPM). 4 months aging in bottle. 3,000 bottles produced. ABV: 12.5%
TASTING NOTES: Made with the rare native grape Centesimino (organically farmed) and fermented in amphora, this has intense, alluring aromas that call to mind dark-skinned Berry, Violet, Rose & dark Baking Spice. The bright juicy palate delivers ripe morello cherry, red currant, clove and graphite alongside tangy acidity and lithe tannins.
FOOD PAIRING: This wine will pair exceptionally well with Beef, Steak, Burgers, Pasta Bolognese, Pastas w/ Red Sauce, Game, Deer, Boar, & Lamb.