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Garofoli Rosso Conero Piancarda 2014

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    A red with full body and structure produced solely from Montepulciano grapes. It is matured in traditional oak casks for at least one year before it is sent to the market. It combines the typical aromas of cherries of Rosso Co`nero with an imposing but pleasantly mellow structure. If properly preserved, the wine can be aged at length.

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    Garofoli, Italy
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    Over a hundred of the field of wine producing certainly makes the Gioacchino Garofoli estate one of the oldest in Italy. More than a century ago, far back in 1871, Antonio Garofoli had already been active for many years in the field of the production and the selling of wines typical of the Marche region. His son Gioacchino continued his father's work and founded the estate in 1901. He was succeeded by Dante and Franco, and then they were both succeeded by the latter, Carlo and Gianfranco. Since the moment of its foundation, the Garofoli estate has always done its best in keeping up with the best wine producers by updating wine-production techniques without discarding traditional wine-production systems. At the moment, the firm grows its own grapes in special vineyards in Montecarotto, Ancona and Castelfidandro. The production of Verdicchio wine is out in the Serra de' Conti wine Rosso Cónero wine is produced in the Castelfidandro wine cellar, where the refinement and the bottling as well as the production of spumante are executed.

    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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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    STC750476_2014 Item# 214341