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Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo   |   Abruzzo - Italy


Today’s modern vampire tales can often be traced back to the striga, which is a catch-all term used to describe Slavic monsters whose souls have been sullied by black magic. The term ‘striga’ derives from the Latin word strix, which translates to ‘owl,’ but it more generally refers to winged omens of death. Striga, which were once humans, drink blood as their sole food source, with a strong preference for human blood. This Montepulciano rosé, with its beautifully cherry red color, resembles the main, iron-rich sustenance of the demonic Striga.

The grapes were hand-harvested from a southeast facing vineyard at 190-200 meters above sea level. They were crushed immediately once back at the cellar, and fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wines remained there to age for 6 months, prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered, with just a 75 ppm dosage of sulfur.


  • Grapes: 100% Montepulciano
  • Vineyard: Marchesani Vineyard in Abruzzo
  • Vine Age: 20-years-old
  • Soil Type: Rocky limestone
  • Viticulture: Certified organic - dry-farmed
  • Fermentation: Native – stainless-steel
  • Skin Contact: None – just at the press
  • Aging: 6 months in stainless-steel tanks
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • pH: 3.2
  • Total Acidity: 6 g/L
  • Total SO2: 75 ppm
  • Total Production: 1250 cases
  • UPC: 8032611771644

Tasting Notes

Deep cherry in color, with a fruity and vinous bouquet. The palate is harmonic and soft but with good acidity and notes of cherry, boysenberry, and oregano. The finish is round and juicy.

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