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9 is Enough

Rosso

Rosso Puglia   |   Foggia - Italy

About

9 is Enough is the culmination of the relatively short time Valentina has learned the nuance of her vineyard and the unique micro-sites within it. The major difference between the ‘9 is Enough’ wines and ‘Calcarius’ is the former comes from grapes grown on ‘brown’ soils while the latter is from the ‘white’ soils of her vineyard. Furthermore from a winemaking/style perspective ‘9 is Enough’ showcases the beauty of the grapes at a very low alcohol level, or 9% is enough (sub-10% across the line). She has initially set out to make them non-vintage wines, leaving herself the creative flexibility to blend across multiple vintages for unique profiles or for further experimentation in the cellar that might require the wine to be labelled non-vintage. This inaugural release of the rosso is based off of Negramaro, and is entirely from the 2019 vintage.

The fruit was hand-harvested, and left fully intact for fermentation. It was fermented 100% whole-berry in open-top stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation happened naturally and the lot was gently hand plunged for a very light extraction and to break up the berries a bit. After five days it was pressed directly to stainless-steel tanks to finish fermentation and age for a brief period without any disturbance. After six months the wine was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Negroamaro
  • Vineyard: Azienda Agricola Biologica Valentina Passalacqua
  • Vine Age: 10-15-years-old
  • Soil Type: Brown clay-loam with calcaire of Kimmeridgian origin and limestone subsoil
  • Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
  • Fermentation: Native – open top stainless-steel vat (destemmed - whole-berry)
  • Skin Contact: 5 days
  • Aging: 6 months in stainless-steel
  • Alcohol: 9.5%
  • pH: 3.45
  • Total Acidity: 5.5 g/L
  • Total SO2: 25 ppm
  • Total Production: 548 cases

Tasting Note

Decisive and genuine, fresh and spicy, very precise with clean tannins that closes the palate leaving a clear reminder of woodland. A wine that is amazing thanks to its disarming freshness and its illuminating taste.

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