Ceppaiolo - CeppaRosso (2019)
Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo da Subassi, Aleatico and Vernaccia Rossa
A light red blend with grapes left on skins for 3 days. Aged in steel tanks, no added sulphites.
Tasting Notes: Thyme, Cranberry, Ocean Spray
About the Winemaker:
This tiny property acts as the purest, most rudimentary "laboratory" for Danilo Marcucci's natural wine designs. Here no compromise is taken. Given the exceedingly small scale of the property, 4 rows of vines that total less than 1 hectare, Danilo and his friend Riccardo can do things on a different wavelength...no time frames, no yielding. The beauty of Ceppaiolo is that it displays the classic "contrasto Italiano" with clarity...plain and simple, Ceppaiolo is a dump. Nothing more then a run down cement farm house that lies mostly in disrepair with bombed out old Fiats and farm equipment scattered around the property.
There's no electricity, no bathroom. Just a 4 rows of some of the oldest, rarest and most 'antique' varieties of Umbrian vines, all white, that can be found in the region; trubiano (trebbiano dorato), malvasia bianca, grechetto, fumaiola (a rare variety of verdicchio), uva pecora, san colombana. Winemaking is beyond rudimentary...no pumping, nothing more then 1 old barrel, a couple resin tanks, a cement vat and some demijohns. Here the 'terroir' is not the soil or the altitude but the old vine material and the vision of Danilo and Riccardo, basta.