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Cantina Valle Tritana Passerina 2016

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    12.5% ABV
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    12.5% ABV

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    Straw yellow color with greenish reflections. Intense nose of ripe tropical fruits, yellow flowers and hints of spice. On the palate it is pleasantly dry, well- balanced, with a good structure, a nice mineraly and a long elegant flowery finish.

    Pairs well with light appetizers, fish courses, charcuterie and mild cheeses.

    Passerina is an indigenous grape of Greek origin named “golden grape” on account of its prestigious nature. Found mostly around Ascoli Piceno, it is a component of some DOC wines. Widely dropped in the 1960s, the last decade has seen an awakened interest in this variety on the part of many wine producers and enthusiasts. Capostrano line is named after the small village of Capestrano located in the heart of the Abruzzo region, at the foot of the Gran Sasso Mountains, where the winery is located.

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    Cantina Valle Tritana, Italy
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    The aim of Cantina Valle Tritana is to select and market products both of quality and favorable price, and it starts out with the Montepulciano wine from the Abruzzo region in Italy.

    The name chosen for the winery was not a coincidence, the Tritana Valley is located right in the heart of the Abruzzo region, at the center of a singular territory for the particular characteristics of piedmont soils, for the presence in the foothills of the Gran Sasso Mountains. The surrounding area of the Tritana Valley has a special microclimate with warm days and cold nights. The Montepulciano grape has been cultivated in this area since ancient times and it still is an important part of the regional agricultural economy.

    The geographical nature of the Abruzzo territory is perfect for grape growing, situated between the Adriatic Sea and the Gran Sasso and Majella mountains, in an area which boasts three national parks and more than ten national and regional nature reserves.

    Abruzzo can be divided into two areas: mountains which cover 65% of the territory and extensive hilly areas along the coast. The climate is mild on the Apennine mountains facing the sea and continental in internal areas.

    The considerable temperature differences between night and day, together with the favorable windy nature of the territory ensure a perfect microclimate for the growing of grapes of an extraordinary quality

    Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture that is virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes are grown just about everywhere throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The defining geographical feature of the country is the Apennine Mountain range, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south. The island of Sicily nearly grazes the toe of Italy’s boot, while Sardinia lies to the country’s west. Climate varies significantly throughout the country, with temperature being somewhat more dependent on elevation than latitude, though it is safe to generalize that the south is warmer. Much of the highest quality viticulture takes place on gently rolling, picturesque hillsides.

    Italy boasts more indigenous varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but their use is declining in popularity, especially as younger growers begun to take interest in rediscovering forgotten local specialties. Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in the country, reaching its greatest potential in parts of Tuscany. Nebbiolo is the prized grape of Piedmont in the northwest, producing singular, complex and age-worthy wines. Other important varieties include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course, Pinot Grigio.

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    Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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