Drei Donà Sangiovese IGT Forlì Notturno in fa maggiore 2008

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The region of Emilia-Romagna is located in north-central Italy and includes, as its name suggests, Emilia, the interior half of the region, and Romagna, the part bordering the Adriatic Sea.  To the west the region is protected by the Apennine Mountains, the source of several rivers including the Po and the rich land around it.  The abundant agriculture features jewels such as Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Modena and Prosciutto di Parma hams, and the traditional Balsamic Vinegars of Modena and Reggio Emilia.  Boasting such luxurious items as these it is interesting that the best-known wines of the region are Lambrusco DOC and Trebbiano di Romagna DOC, hardly names that inspire.  Also strange in a country bursting with wines of renown was the promotion of the white wine, Albana di Romagna, to the country’s first white DOCG, Italy’s highest designation of quality (denomination of origin qualified and guaranteed).  Well, this is Italy.

In February 1992 the Goria Law introduced a new designation for wines, less strict with more options for wine producers.  The IGT designation (Indicazione geografica típica) permitted wineries to use “foreign” grape varieties, produce wines in new zones, and not adhere to the regulations of the DOC or DOCG wines.  It also recognized the high quality of certain wines, known as “Super Tuscans”, for example Ornellaia, Sassicaia, and Tignanello, which before had been known as basic vino da tavola.  Today there are more than two hundred registered IGTs, and many wines of this designation are known and celebrated among wine lovers around the world.

The Drei Donà castle is situated in the ancient Romagna hills near the communities of Forlì, Castrocaro, and Predappio.  The farm of La Palazza, located on the hillsides of Massa di Vecchaiazzano, is located around a strategically positioned watchtower built by Caterina Sforza in 1481.  The property has been in the hands of the Drei Donà family since the last century and has always dedicated itself to the production of Sangiovese grapes.  The winery always raises horses, and all of the wines are named after one of the beloved equines.

Deep ruby-red in color.  On the nose there are lively notes of red cherry, wild forest fruits, crushed cherry pit, and a rich note of vanilla with hints of dried herbs.  The wine is refreshing on the palate with a good finish and integrated tannins.  Decant the wine forty-five minutes to one hour before serving.

Notturno in fa maggiore 2008

  • Winery:  Drei Donà
  • Wine:  Notturno in fa maggiore
  • Vintage:  2008
  • Country:  Italy
  • Denomination:  Forlì IGT
  • Type:  Dry red wine
  • Composition:  100% Sangiovese
  • Maturation:  8 months in large wooden casks
  • Alcohol:  13.5%
  • Format:  750 ml
  • Closure:  Natural cork
  • Optimum consumption:  Through 2013
  • Suggested food pairing:  Grilled meats, roasted lamb, Parmesan cheese
  • Website:  http://www.dreidona.it/

About Gregg Smith

Gregg Smith is an American sommelier certified by The Court of Master Sommeliers living in Lima, Peru, and serving as director of the wine and bar program at Central Restaurante.
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