This wine is intense ruby in colour, with violet highlights. The nose is intense and persistent with a spicy bouquet and hints of chocolate that complement the vibrant dark fruit character. This wine is well balanced and shows great structure and tannins.
The vineyards are situated in the areas of Colonnella, Notaresco and Roseto on the Adriatic coast of the Abruzzo region. Facing east and south east, vines are planted on both limestone and clay-based, medium-textured soils. Training is on both pergola and Guyot systems.
Grapes were hand-harvested. After a meticulous selection of the grapes at the winery, the fruit was destemmed and crushed before it underwent cold maceration for four to six days. Fermentation on the skins then followed at 24°C for between 11-14 days in cement vats. Malolactic fermentation took place in barriques, where the wine was aged for 18 months.
Valentino Sciotti is involved with a number of wineries in Puglia, Campania (he is the man behind Vesevo) and his native Abruzzi. The Gran Sasso wines are made by winemakers Francesco De Santis and young winemaker Rino Santeusanio and display a freshness and directness of fruit that sets them apart from other wines from this area.