Wine Detail

Aprico di Grifoglietto

Wine name:Aprico di Grifoglietto

Appellation:PERGOLA PASSITO DOC

Zone:Grifoleto district, Pergola (province of Pesaro and Urbino)

Cru:Grifoleto

Vineyard extension (hectares):1

Blend:100% Vernaccia rossa di Pergola (Aleatico clone)

Vineyard age (year of planting):Vernaccia rossa di Pergola (Aleatico clone) 1966

Soil Type:Tending to clayey

Exposure:South-east, altitude 350 meters above sea level

Colour:Ruby red with orange reflections

Nose:Rose, candied fruit, wild strawberries and rasberry notes

Flavour:Sweet, supple, but well balanced by an adequate acidity and by a slight astringency

Serving temperature (°C):14-16

Match with:Meditation wine, ideal with dry pastry, tarts, "ciambella"

Average no. bottles/year:1,600

Grape yield per hectare tons:5

Notes:

The bottles are half bottles (capacity 0,500 ml). This wine is made with a clone of Aleatico (called "Vernaccia rossa di Pergola" in the area) that has been grown in the area since 1234, when the town of Pergola was founded by the inhabitants of Gubbio. The vineyard from which this wine is made is a proper "cru" with vines that are nearly half a century old. Vineyard density: 2,000 vines/hectare.

Vinification and ageing

The clusters are picked slightly overripe and are dried till November-December depending on the vintage. The grapes are then pressed. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in small oak barrels (50-100 litre capacity) for approx. two months till the right alcohol strength and residual sugar percentage is reached. The wine matures in the same barrels for 12/18 months and during this period of time every two months delicate batonnages are carried out in order to stir the lees. The various lots are then blended and bottled. Finishing in the bottle for 6 months.

Wine Producer

VILLA LIGI DI STEFANO TONELLI

Website:http://www.villaligi.it

Address:Via Zoccolanti 25/A 61045 Pergola (PU)

Owner:Tonelli Family

Year of establishment:1985

Total annual production:50000

Total vineyard extension (hectares):25

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1ha Barbera 3ha Biancame 1ha Cabernet sauvignon 1ha Chardonnay 1ha Merlot 4ha Montepulciano 0.5ha Moscato bianco 1ha Riesling 4ha Sangiovese 0.5ha Sauvignon Blanc 2ha Verdicchio 6ha Vernaccia rossa di Pergola (Aleatico clone)

Vine training system:
Cordon spur
double/single Tuscan arch

Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines

Type of viticulture:in the conversion phase to be certified organic

Harvest period:mid August/mid September

Agronomist:Francesco Tonelli

Oenologist:Stefano Tonelli and Marco Gozzi

History

The Tonelli family have been vignerons for three generations. In 1985 Francesco, an agronomist and a sommelier, decided to leave his job as a teacher and to dedicate himself completely to viticulture and wine making: he searched for rare and old vines of Vernaccia Rossa and had them reproduced by specialised nurseries. He also helped to establish the tiny "Pergola" appellation (of a total vineyard extension of barely 45 hectares and made up of just 3 producers). Francesco is supported by his son Stefano, an oenologist, who, after having worked for a few wineries in Australia, is now helping his father with passion and dedication.

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