Abbia Nova, Passerina del Frusinate San Giovanni 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Passerina, Bellone, and Malvasia
Piglio is a town of humble dwellings; Abbia Nòva was an abbey from an area where Benedictine monasteries were common; the monks would create libraries, teach agriculture, and plant vines. Today Daniele Proietti and Pierluca Proietti oversee the growth of the Cesanese and Passerina varieties, both indigenous to the Lazio region. Olive groves, medicinal herbs, walnuts and a vegetable garden are also maintained at the Abbia Nòva property. Wine is made from four different vineyards and olive oil from five different groves. San Giovanni is one of the contradas (vineyards) devoted to the Cesanese and Passerina varieties, and olive groves. Daniele and Pierluca emanate their humble farming families, a fusion of local tradition and deep culture.
Passerina is a white wine indigenous to the Marche region, but also thrives in the Lazio region. It is known for its elegance above anything else, and refined tones of almond and white floral. This grape rivals Pecorino and Verdicchio. The vines in the site of San Giovanni—mostly Passerina, with small amounts of Bellone and Malvasia—are 80 years old and planted to clay over limestone soil. The grapes are macerated 12-16 hours in the whole cluster method, and aged on their lees until spring. The wine finishes its ageing in glass demijohns.