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Region: Lazio < Italy
Grapes: Ciliegiolo, Merlot, Sangiovese
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic/biodynamic farming, iron-rich volcanic soil; grapes destemmed and macerated for a week; zero SO2 or additions of any kind, unfined/unfiltered; 10.5% ABV
Winemaker: Gianmarco Antonuzzi & Clementine Bouveron
A young couple, Gianmarco Antonuzzi and Clementine Bouveron, took over 14 hectares of land surrounding the volcanic Lake Bolsena near Gianmarco’s childhood town of Gradoli, in Lazio’s north, in 2004, and restored it to its natural farming roots. In addition to vineyards they tend ancient olive groves, chestnut trees, shrubs and oaks. He vinifies his wine in an ancient cellar in the village’s centre, with no additions at all. This is Sangiovese partying with Ciliegiolo and Merlot in a big jug of happiness. It’s light, bright, energetic dance of red fruits with just the right amount of funk.