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Sangiovese preview. The Romagna Sangiovese Riserva 2013 at the top

Sangiovese preview. The Romagna Sangiovese Riserva 2013 at the top

Over 40 wineries from Romagna took part in Vini ad Arte, the annual wine fair dedicated to the preview of Romagna Sangiovese Riserva DOC. This year the wines taking part were the 2014 harvest and the Romagna Sangiovese Riserva 2013 with geographical mention. The event was organised by the Romagna Wine Consortium in collaboration with Convito di Romagna, and was held in the rooms of the International Ceramics Museum in Faenza (MIC).

Romagna Sangiovese Riserva 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

The tasting was reserved for journalists on Sunday morning, with about 120 white, red and dried-grape wines. There was a wide range of different vintages, since alongside the 2014 Riserva (a difficult vintage therefore few wineries produced this type of wine) there were also the 2016 and 2015 Superiore and, above all, the Romagna Sangiovese Riserva 2013. This latter wine was excellent, fully mature, soft and elegant and expressed the best characteristics of the territory. As well as Sangiovese wines, journalists also tasted an excellent Burson made from Longanesi grapes (2011 vintage), produced at Bagnacavallo by the Tenuta Uccellina, owned by Antonietta Amoroso.

2014, a complex vintage

As for the 2014 vintage, Cristina Geminiani, a prominent producer in the area, with the Fattoria Zerbina and spokeswoman for the Convito di Romagna, explained that “the vintage was marked by unstable weather conditions, therefore it can be defined as complex, which meant it needed careful vineyard management and strict selection in the vineyard and cellar. All of this enabled us to produce lean but good-quality wines, able to express not only the territory, but also the vintage and the producer’s personality.”

Our 6 best wines

 Drei Donà – Pruno, Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva DOC 2013

Winegrowing area: Predappio
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Price: €22
Score: 93
Technical notes: Fermentation in steel with daily pumping over, malolactic fermentation in steel, ageing in Allier and Tronçais barriques and tonneau barrels for 15-18 months, bottle maturation for a further 8-10 months
Description: A deep ruby-red colour, notes of ripe red fruits, supple tannins, a challenging wine with great character
In a nutshell: Typical and elegant

Fattoria Nicolucci – Predappio di Predappio-Vigna del Generale, Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva DOC 2013

Winegrowing area: Predappio
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Price: €25
Score: 93
Technical notes: Fermentation in glass bricks for 20 days, malolactic fermentation and ageing for 24 months in 30-hl oak barrels, followed by 3 months in the bottle

Description: A garnet-ruby red colour, it is complex on the nose, with spicy notes and aromas of violets, fruits of the forest and cherry, on the palate it is balanced and elegant with a long and soft finish
In a nutshell: A wine for long ageing

Poderi Dal Nespoli – Il Nespoli, Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva DOC 2013

Winegrowing area: Predappio
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Price: €20
Score: 92
Technical notes: Fermentation in steel with frequent pumping over, ageing in French oak barriques for 12 months, maturation in bottle
Description: An intense ruby-red colour, notes of ripe fruit (cherry, blackberry and plum), soft with well-balanced tannins
In a nutshell: A wine that honours a village

 Stefano Ferrucci – Centurione, Romagna Sangiovese Superiore DOC 2015

Winegrowing area: Serra di Castelbolognese
Grapes: 99% Sangiovese
Price: €8
Score: 92
Technical notes: Fermentation in glass-lined concrete with the addition of selected yeasts, maceration on the pomace, pumping over every 8 hours, ageing in glass-lined concrete for 6 months, bottle maturation

Description: A bright ruby-red colour, an intense and lingering aroma of morello cherries and violets, it is full, dry on the palate with good backbone and texture
In a nutshell: One of the best crus of the winery

Tenuta Masselina – Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva DOC 2013

Winegrowing area: Serra di Castelbolognese
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Price: €15
Score: 90
Technical notes: Some of the grapes are fermented in steel and some in wooden vats, with daily punching down and délestage, maceration for more than 30 days, ageing in barriques for 18 months
Description: A very intense ruby-red colour with slight garnet highlights, floral notes of eucalyptus, spicy, slightly tannic, good finish
In a nutshell: A good expression of the hills of Rimini

Le Rocche Malatestiane – Sigismondo, Romagna Sangiovese Superiore DOC 2015

Winegrowing area: Rimini
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Price: €8
Score: 90
Technical notes: Fermentation in steel and ageing in large concrete vats. About 20% ages in large barrels
Description: A lustrous ruby-red colour with garnet highlights, fruity on the nose, lively tannins, good freshness and pleasant to drink
In a nutshell: A velvety wine

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