Podere 72 Rosso Piceno Superiore 2019, Poderi San Lazzaro
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This wine, from one of the most historic wine growing regions in Italy, is a 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano from a seaside town on the Adriatic coast. It really shows the best of both of its parts: bright cherry acidity and dusty tannins from the Sangiovese, and ripe berries and depth of fruit from the Montepulciano. A great accompaniment to just about anything grilled or roasted!
About the Winery
The history of the Poderi San Lazzaro winery starts with Lorenzo Capriotti, Paolo’s father, who after years of hard work was able to purchase a farm in the hills of Offida. The property was an excellent location for viticulture atop a hill 290 meters above sea level and only 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Adriatic Sea and 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the Apennine mountains. Offida is in the heart of the Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC (one of the most historic wine regions in Italy). Lorenzo began by planting vineyards of Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Passerina grapes.
Paolo Capriotti, with his wife Elisetta, took over operations of the farm and winery in 2003. They added a modern winemaking facility in 2012 (the original cellar was a small thousand-year-old cottage) that is surrounded by vineyards with a view of the town of Offida, the Apennines and the Adriatic. They have also expanded the amount of Passerina vines and added Pecorino and Grenache vineyards in the area around the winery. The estate now has 9.5 hectares of vineyards with plots between 15 and 60 years-old, two hectares of olive trees and two more of forest.
In order to produce quality wines that fully reflect the characteristics of the territory, requires a strict adherence to nature’s cycles. With this objective in mind organic farming and wine making were adopted. This change in farming methods, as well as in the cellar, allows them to express the natural qualities and unique terroir of Offida.