95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot
The Lunelli family, third generation of winemakers at Ferrari Trento DOC, have pursued their passion for wine with the creation of Tenute Lunelli, comprised of three wine estates located in three different regions of Italy, Umbria, Tuscany and Trentino. Only the Umbria estate wines from Tenuta Castelbuono are currently available in the US. The winery is a realization of sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro and the technical expertise of architect Giorgio Pedrotti. The huge dome covered with copper, marked with a pattern of grooves and cracks, is inspired by a carapace, a tortoise shell. An accompanying sculptural element in the shape of a red arrow (called the Lampante) piercing the earth highlights the structure in the surrounding landscape.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
The Castelbuono property encompasses approximately 74 acres of vineyards in the areas of Bevagna and Montefalco. Since acquiring the property, the Lunellis have focused on converting the vineyards to organic agriculture.
A land-locked area in the heart of Italy, Umbria has a similar climate and geography to Tuscany, with cold, rainy winters and dry sun-filled summers. An exception is the area surrounding Lake Trasimeno and Lake Bolsena, where a mild, Mediterranean microclimate dominates.
Umbria’s native Sagrantino is a unique grape variety, a vivid combination of tradition and innovation, unmistakable for its power and aromatic body. At Castelbuono, historic old vines are preserved and new vines are added through a structured cloning selection project called the “Patriarchs Project.”WINEMAKING
Cold pre-maceration at 12°C for 36 hours. Maximum fermentation temperature in wooden vats between 26 and 28°C. Maceration lasts between 15 and 20 days.AGING
Aged for 12 months in tonneaux and 12 months in large oak barrels, followed by 12 months in bottle.TASTING NOTES
It is a wine that, on the nose, offers a wide and elegant range of perfumes, from plum to blackberry and sweet spices. It is rich yet elegant on the palate, with fine tannins and well-balanced, persistent fruit.