Agri Segretum Wine
We planted our vines in 2008 on a sun-exposed Southwest facing slope at an altitude of 300 meters. We learned about the strong Umbrian sun, the dry wind brought by the scirocco and the mud. Lots of mud. We were helped by our Tuscan agronomist and enologist who were curious to see what the Umbrian soil could produce. Pensioners, village moms, and teenagers hiked into the vineyard with us with buckets and a pair of shears to harvest our crop. That’s how we’ve done it since the start and that’s how we keep doing it.
Pottarello translates into “little kid” in the Umbrian dialect. Created using Sangiovese (80%), Malvasia Nera (10%) and Colorino (10%). The Sangiovese used in our Pottarello is picked from vineyard rows 46 to 75, where our Sangiovese is particularly thin clustered and with much smaller berries than those of its more common Sangiovese siblings. Smaller berries mean more skin, which translates into more extraction of color and polyphenols.
The wine undergoes alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and remains in contact with skins for about 3 weeks. It is during this time that we perform the classic manual follatura,(mixing and stirring of juice and skin). After separation of skins, the finished wine is transferred into tonneau (500 liter/150 gallon French oak barrels), where it ages for about 12 months, before resting another 9 months in bottle.
This is a full-bodied wine: the Sangiovese provides structure and tannin, while the Malvasia adds notes of wild berries and the Colorino just a hint of spice.Current release 2014 vintage: 3909 bottles produced