Villa Venti Primo Segno 2013
Winegrower: Davide Castellucci & Mauro Giardini
Region: Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore D.O.C
Available: Fall 2017
“Villa Venti has achieved… a well-established reputation, thanks to the unflagging dedication of Mauro Giardini and Davide Castellucci. Their vision incorporates splendid vineyards and full respect for the tempos of both grapevines and winemaking. Their Tre Bicchieri awards can be summarized to this: extraordinary wines.”
- Gambero Rosso 2012 Edition
Sangiovese wines from Villa Venti have been winning acclaim since 2007, regularly receiving the highest awards. Primo Segno has been decorated with the highest honours ("Tre Bicchieri", or three wine glasses) from none other than the "bible" of Italian wine, the Gambero Rosso guide. The 'Superiore D.O.C.’ marks this as a wine that can develop over time. Its blend of four types of Sangiovese, planted to match the particular types of soil at Villa Venti, and the sea breeze from 30 kilometers away creates a microclimate that keeps the wine fresh. Bright ruby red, there is an intense nose of berries and violets. Crisp and juicy with good tannins and acidity, our Primo Segno 2013 is ready to drink now but will improve with age. All the rich, juicy fruit you could wish for with a backbone of dry tannins makes this wine superior indeed! And at $26 it simply can’t get any better.
Villa Venti is the fulfillment of Davide Castellucci’s and Mauro Giardini’s dreams when, in 2003, they started new careers as winemakers. Success came quickly in 2007 when Gambero Rosso awarded them their first two Glass Prize. Davide and Mauro are part of Italy’s slow food and wine movement and embody the best of the region’s winegrowing heritage. They are certified biodynamic and are dedicated to producing the finest fruit possible from their 7-hectare estate. Even though relative newcomers to winegrowing, they have become bastions in their region for the wines they produce, their dedication to protecting the environment, and their simple approach in the cellar.
Villa Venti is located in Emilia-Romagna in northeast Italy, 30 kilometers west of the coastal resort city of Rimini. Emilia-Romagna is, as the name suggests, a sprawling area and was at one time two distinct regions. The area’s varied climates and soils extend from the rolling hills in Emilia, just east of Genoa, across Italy to the plains east of Modena and Bologna in Romagna and on to the Adriatic coast. It’s the home of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Duacti; these all reflect that this is one of the wealthiest regions in Europe. It is also known for its medieval cities and towns, rich gastronomy (think classic foods like lasagna, tortellini, the delicious balsamic vinegars from Modena, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese), and enticing seaside resorts. The region’s viticultural heritage dates back to the seventh century BC when the Etruscans introduced wine-growing to the area. Emilia’s best-known wine is Lambrusco, the delicate red bubbly whose best examples are rarely found abroad. In contrast, Romagna’s best wines are largely based on the red Sangiovese whose finest versions have great depth and flavour and are capable of ageing majestically.
Villa Venti’s vineyards and winery sit on the steep hillsides of Roncofreddo at an elevation of 160 to 200 meters. The Messinian age soils are red and sandy yellow clays and vary greatly between the vineyards and give the wine strength and structure.
Today’s Primo Segno 2013 is classic Sangiovese. It’s bright, ruby red; there is an intense nose of red and purple berries and violets. Dry, crisp and juicy with medium body, it’ refreshing acidity and good tannins lead to a medium finish. This wine is a delight to drink now but will improve over the next 6 years or so. Serve at 17° in Bordeaux stems, you can enjoy this wine with the region’s most classic dishes including pasta with ragù, mushrooms or truffles, pizza, steak, sausage, and chicken cacciatore, or try it with this porchetta style roast pork. Cin cin!