COLLEFRISIO Confronto Rosso
Intense ruby red colour. Fruity, with hints of plum, berries and maraschino cherry. Slightly spicy. A complex and full-bodied wine with a soft, velvety finish and lingering aftertaste. "Confronto" comes from the encounter between Amedeo De Luca and Ralph Falbo, an American wine connoisseur. It represents the Old World traditions (Italy) combined with the New-World dimension (The US); two different wine cultures which meet in Collefrisio giving life to this uncommon and unrivaled wine.
This lively, juicy red wine comes from the rugged Abruzzi hills above the Adriatic coast of central Italy, a region long known for its prolific wines. The region has been evolving and improving and serious producers like Collefreisio are taking the lead in achieving higher quality. Montepulciano d'Abbruzzo is resolutely dry with enough soft fruit to be drinkable when young, yet tannic enough to keep it trim and energetic.
* Not to be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Tuscan wine made from Sangiovese and other grapes.
Primitivo / pri-meh-TEE-voh /
Related to Californian Zinfandel, known for making dense, ripe wines that are high in alcohol. Traditionally grown in the province of Puglia, it has migrated throughout Southern Italy.
CSPC + 790861
Region: Abruzzo, Italy
Varietal: Montepulciano + Primitivo
ORGANICALLY GROWN www.collefrisio.it
The geographical makeup of Abruzzo is quite remarkable. A rugged, mountainous region with a lengthy coastline, abundant sunshine, generous rainfall and cool mountain air currents. Abruzzo is ideally situated between the Adriatic sea to the east, and the Apennines and Maiella mountain ranges to the west – including Gran Sasso, one of Italy's highest peaks at more than 9500ft (2895m). Chieti is a hilly province in southern Abruzzi where 75% of the region's wine is produced.
Soil: Stony Clay and Limestone
Average Production per Hectare: 40 hl
Winemaking: Extended maceration of the wine in stainless steel tanks after which it is aged in the bottle for at least 10 months.