"This contemporary version of Rosso Piceno displays a deep ruby red, then offers classic varietal spice, along with lovely scents of vanilla, chocolate, and wild red berries. A dense weave of velvety tannins characterises the appealing, seductive palate, and the lingering finish is impressive." Winemaker notes
50% montepulciano and 50% sangiovese. Aged 10-12 months in French barriques. They have about 5 hectares, aspected in various directions at an altitude of 180m, on sandy clayey soils.
Boccadigabbia was once one of the "one hundred poderi", or individual farms, that made up the Amministrazione Bonaparte of Civitanova, a vast agricultural estate that for over a century was an influential example of modern, rational agriculture. As in all the Amministrazione farms, in the old Boccadigabbia farmhouse, or casa colonica, one can still see today a venerable ceramic tile bearing the name of the podere and, above it, the Napoleonic coat of arms, a crowned "N". Boccadigabbia, located in the contrada, or district, of Castelletta di Fontesprina, on the first hills that rise from the Adriatic in the direction of the medieval borgo of Civitanova Alta, covers today almost 10 hectares, all in vineyard. Its favourable southern exposure and the mild, sea-side climate have always given Boccadigabbia the reputation as an exceptional spot for viticulture. In the late 1960s, when it was decided to exclusively cultivate grapes on the property, the varieties planted were those traditional to the production of local everyday wine; unfortunately, this led to the loss of the older varieties, direct descendants of those planted by Hallaire, Napoleon III’s agronomist-superintendent. To recoup this historic loss, a renovation programme was launched in 1986 to re-plant the French varieties that had been cultivated there, such as cabernet, merlot, and pinot noir; the goal, now reached, was to once again achieve the ancient, proverbial high quality of the Amministrazione Bonaparte grapes.
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For many reasons Boccadigabbia is one of the most interesting domaines in the Marche region. Until 1950 the estate belonged to Prince Luigi Girolamo Napoleon Bonaparte, direct descendant of the Napoleon we all know. In fact, ever since the early 19th century, French grapes were planted at Boccadigabbia under the Napoleonic administration, varietals the locals described as "bordò" and "francesi" – a heritage unfortunately totally lost in the breakdown of the imperial properties that ended in their sale. It, then, makes perfect sense that Elvio Alessandri, the present owner, decided to plant Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon alongside the traditional Sangiovese, Ribona, Montepulciano and Verdicchio: the choice had a historical as well as qualitative significance. Elvio's son Lorenzo works full time at the estate, the vineyards are supervised by the agronomist Luca Severini and the cellars are managed by the oenologist Francesco Pennesi with the consultancy of the well known oenologist Emiliano Falsini.
The philosophy is to maintain tradition with the aid of modern technology, but also to maintain the particular character of the wines made with the Italian and international grape varieties of the estate. The international varieties have now been grown at Boccadigabbia for over 100 years and have adapted to this zone producing wines that have a definite typicality. Elvio has certainly succeeded in producing a multifaceted and lovely range of wines!