CASALFARNETO AND CANTINA TOLLO (COMPARING PECORINO WINES)

Being in the limelight for the last 10 years only, Pecorino is certainly a high-potential wine which is receiving wide approvals in the world of wine lovers and among people working in the wine industry. This wine variety comes from the gentle hills extending across Abruzzo and Marche, even if only Marche can be the proud holder of the DOC certification.
In order to learn something more about Pecorino, we tasted and compared two wines belonging exactly to these two areas: Casalfarneto and Cantina Tollo.

ITALY vs GERMANY, THE CONTINUING CHALLENGER. Which are its origins?

Someone says Alsazia, someone else Temeano, in the province of Bolzano, Italy. Actually its name appeared for the first time in “Buch der nature” by Megenberg who was Cathedral Canon of Regensburg, a town in Franconia. Anyway, what we are speaking about?
We are surely speaking about a vine variety that doesn’t like hot temperature, in fact it is very widespread in Alto Adige and in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
It has a constant productivity but never excessive, it has a small leaf and a grey-rose coloured grape. But above all we are speaking about an aromatic grapes variety! FRIENDS CALL IT GEWURZ! As well as Malvasia wine, Muscat or Brachetto, the aromatic Traminer (or Gewurztraminer indeed) has a marked and pleasant presence of primary aromas typical of this grape variety.

This is the best time all-year for tasting them as best we can.
I’m talking about rosè wines, a mixed blessing  of Italian enology.
They represent a small market share and they are considered, in an unfair manner,  “second class” wine, although they belong to our local tradition.
They have always been present in Italian tables, from the rosè wines of Salento made by Negramaro grapes to the Cerasuoli d’Abruzzo wines made by Montepulciano grapes.
At the beginning of the summer, the rosè wines, with their coral red hues, so rosy and cherry-colored, “cerasa” as said in local dialect of Abruzzo from which the name “Cerasuolo”, with their soft smell and their high freshness on the palate, can easily combined with your light summer dinner.

Deep color, exciting smell, strong and mineral scent, whites wines from volcanic territory absorb all peculiarity of these unique soils and they offer once-off wines.
In the article we will talk about in particular of wines from Vesuvio area because they are, enjoying consumers’ patronage who are delighted every bit of it.
The success of their taste is attributable to kind of terroir rich in minerals like potassium for a positive influence for grape’s sugar content and like phosphorus for wine’s freshness.
They are surprising and never granted whit a complexity that does not end at typical salty feeling and between wines of this area, small companies that enhance territory of origin because of their excellence must pay special attention to the ones product.
When we are going down Wine Route of Vesuvio we arrive at Pollena Trocchia, a city in the province of Naples which host the wine-producing holdings Monte Somma Vesuvio.
Monte Somma complex is an integral part of Vesuvio area and it presents a unique terroir consist of lava and sand; untied and powdery soils formed by solidification over the years of stratified lava.

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