Colle Civetta

Colle Civetta

100% Pecorino D.O.P.

This wine is the result of a valued selection of the best pecorino grapes. Both structure and body become enriched thanks to the particular method of vinification, which consists in standing for some months on fine lees.

Technical features

Vintage 2014

Production area

It grows in Pescosansonesco at 550 metres above sea level. Vineyards are located at the foot of Gran Sasso in a very windy place with a high temperature range. Here the soil is clay-calcareous and rich in skeleton.

Wine history

Pecorino is a white grape variety spread in Abruzzo for many years. Its origins are not so clear; the first bibliographic tracks date back to the time of Cato the Censor who classified it in the group of the ammeos together with other groups (Greco di Tufo, Grechetto and Pignoletto). This group of grapes takes its name from the people of Amneos, native of Tessely, who brought these grapes to our peninsula during their migrations. The famous writer Plinio wrote that “the wine of the amineos is not hard, keeps well and improves after different years”. The ampelographic bulletin of the State of 1875 (file II) describes the pecorino as a grape that is cultivated in the vineyards of the middle Adriatic sea; among the wines born in these places, it’s the one which gives the early native fruit. At the end of 80’s it disappeared; we could find only a few plants in the area of Teramo and L’Aquila. Thanks to the selection work and to the courage of few viticulturists, the first wines are going to be available.

Organoleptic features

It’s a straw yellow wine with golden highlights. It smells of pineapple, melon, exotic and tropical fruits, dried yellow flowers and crust of bread. Its aromatic complexity is accentuated by a marked minerality and a great structure. With a long persistence, it can age for 5 years in the bottle.

Time of vintage

Third decade of September.

Vinification

Cryomaceration at 6 °C for 36 hours, precrushing and soft pressing of the grape. Fermentation occurs with selected yeasts in steel tanks at a low temperature (13 - 14 °C).

Ageing

6 months on its fine lees in steel tanks, then 10 months in the bottle. It can be appreciated after 5 years.

How to serve it

It needs to rest at least 10 days after its arrive. It should be served at a temperature of 8 - 10 °C.

Gastronomic matching

It is recommended with fish dishes, cold cuts, white lasagna, risotto, courtyard animals, seasoned cheeses, white meat ragù (Italian sauce).

How to store the bottle

The bottle should be put in a horizontal position away from direct light, heat and noise at a temperature of 15 - 18 °C and a humidity of 60 - 80 %.

Analytical data

Alcoholic grade: 13,50 % Vol.
Residual sugar: 2,60 g/l
pH: 3,34 g/l
Total acidity: 6,2 g/l
Extract: 25,70 g/l