Villa Venti Serenaro Igt Forli Bianco 2015
Winegrower: Davide Castellucci & Mauro Giardini – Villa Venti
Region: Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Grape: Famoso di Cesena
Available: Fall 2017
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 the ‘bible’ of Italian wines Gambero Rosso awarded them a two Glass Prize. Since then they have been awarded more 2 Glass as well several 3 Glass Prizes (Tre Bicchieri). Today’s Offer is for their Serenaro Forli Bianco 2015 made from the rare but wonderfully aromatic and delicious Famoso di Cesena, a grape native to the southeast region of Romagna. First documented in the region in 1437 and thought extinct by the end of the 1990’s two old rows of vines were discovered in 2000. Today the grape is being revived by a small group of winemakers who want to preserve the unique features of this delicious variety. Davide and Mauro are part of Italy’s slow food and wine movement and embody the best of the region’s winegrowing heritage. Their tireless work in the vineyard allows them to produce incredible fruit from which to vinify their wines. And because their wines are reasonably priced for the amazing quality they deliver, we believe that today’s offer at $26 represents an excellent opportunity for you to enjoy this fabulous wine.
Villa Venti is located in Emilia-Romagna in northeast Italy. As the name suggests this sprawling area was, at one time, two distinct regions. The region’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 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 vines 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. The region is also known for its many local indigenous varieties and this leads us to Villa Venti and their superb Serenaro Forli Bianco.
Ville Venti is certified biodynamic and Davide and Mauro are dedicated to producing the finest fruit possible by keeping their 7-hectare estate free of all chemicals and artificial additives. 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. Ville Venti is located in the southeast corner of the region 30 kilometers west of the coastal resort city of Rimini, and their 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 within the vineyards; these give the wines strength and structure while the cool winds from the coast minimize the effects of the summer heat and help maintain the wine’s freshness.
Our Serenaro Forli Bianco 2015 is made from the Famoso di Cesena grape. These were hand harvested in the first week of September and fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts and minimal sulfur. The wine was then aged 6 months on the lees, bottled unfined and unfiltered and aged for another 4 months. This stunning wine is very aromatic with hints of rose, lavender, peach and spice and is reminiscent of Moscato Bianco. On the palate it is dry, crisp, fresh and juicy, has great depth with a saline minerality, and a medium long finish. Ian D’Agata, in his excellent book “Native Wine Grapes of Italy” describes Famoso wines as “delicious” and names Villa Venti as one of the top producers. Serve at 10˚ in a white wine stem with fresh cheese, stuffed olive leaves or all things seafood like this excellent yet simple to make spaghetti with clams dish and enjoy. Cin cin!