2012 Serafini & Vidotto Il Rosso Dell Abazia
2012 Serafini & Vidotto Il Rosso Dell Abazia A ruby red bright color with slight reflections of pomegranate and it has an optimum texture. The first impression in the nose is captivating and shows a complex fruitiness including a hint of dried red plums, sour cherries and candied citrus fruits. After that you can observe a hint of herbs of hay, aromatic herbs, myrtle berries and bay as well as impressions of flowers as for example bloomed violets and eucalyptus. In the mouth the perception is fresh and at the same time warm, comfortable and pleasant. The wine opens to its “young” but soft and harmoniously integrated tannins; the finish is long, fruity and spicy with a harmonic and persistent body.
Naturally, most Italian wine regions enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a notable coastline, if not coastline on all borders, as is the case with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The Alps in the northern regions of Valle d’Aosta, Lombardy and Alto Adige create favorable conditions for cool-climate grape varieties. The Apennine Mountains, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south, affect climate, grape variety and harvest periods throughout. Considering the variable terrain and conditions, it is still safe to say that most high quality viticulture in Italy takes place on picturesque hillsides.
Italy boasts more indigenous grape varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most Italian wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but are declining in popularity, especially as younger growers take interest in reviving local varieties. Most important are Sangiovese, reaching its greatest potential in Tuscany, as well as Nebbiolo, the prized grape of Piedmont, producing single varietal, age-worthy Piedmontese wines. Other important varieties include Corvina, Montepulciano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course the white wines, Trebbiano, Verdicchio and Garganega. The list goes on.