Romagna Sangiovese comes from seven towns around the province of Bologna, 24 in the province of Forli/Cesena, five towns in the province of Ravenna and 19 in the province of Rimini. The Consorzio has a wealth of information on the area.
I also spent a fair number of summers on the Adriatic in Romagna at Lido degli Estensi and Lido delle Nazioni and have fond memories of many experiences in that part of the world. Not least, I am a huge fan of some musicians from Emilia Romagna, namely Vasco Rossi and the amazing Luciano Ligabue. Rockers Italian style, I feel like I am 16 when I listen to their music, check out this song from Vasco, Vivere and this one from Liga….
This I know is a wine blog, I’m getting there. On the hunt for a variety of wines from Emilia, I went to San Patrignano.
For those who don’t know San Patrignano, it is an rehabilitation facility for those with drug abuse problems. It also involves the same people in the making of various food products and wines. It is a wonderful institution that has helped over thousands of people since it started in 1978.
The wine above is called Aulente Rosso IGT Rubicone. It ferments in stainless steel at controlled temperature to preserve the fragrance and freshness of the variety and ages in large oak barrels containing 30 hectolitres.
Emilia Romagna represents about 8% of Italian vineyards and 13% of national production. About 75% is red or rose wines and the remaining percentage are whites. The signature red variety from the area is Sangiovese di Romagna. It is similar to its Tuscan cousin but is unique as well. I find it rounded and softer than the Sangiovese from Tuscany, on the whole, often with less acidity because of the warmer soils, more clay based soils with lots of limestone and organic materials in them..
This particular wine ages for a short period of time in tonneau but not new oak. It has a relatively high alcohol content, 13.5% and would go very well with a pasta and ragu or lasagna. A seasoned Parimigiano Reggiano or a nice plate of salumi could do the trick for summer though.
This wine is dedicated to the founder of San Patrignano, Vincenzo and is a Romagna Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva. The designation was created in 2011. AVi was a nice expression of Sangiovese di Romagna with supple tannins, good acidity and red fruit and spice aromas and flavors. The wine spends eight months in traditional 30-hectolitre Slavonian oak barrels and then ages in bottle for over a year before being released into the market. I like this wine and I like to support the projects that San Patrignano undertakes. I think it is a good value for the price albeit not inexpensive. Riccardo Cotarella, the famed oenologist, works with these wines and his touch is clear. All of his wines I find to be very polished, the opposite of rustic, these were no different.
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