Orvieto DOC Classico (controlled appellation)
The 2017 vintage was characterized by a winter and spring which were, on the whole, both dry and marked by important, though little frequent, drops in temperature. These climatic conditions favored a regular bud burst during the month of March. The absence of rainfall and the above average temperatures, which distinguished the period from the month of June up through the first ten days of August, accelerated the ripening of the grapes. The positive temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness created by late August rains guaranteed the development of the aromatic component of the typical varieties of the Orvieto appellation such as Grechetto and Procanico. The harvest began slightly earlier than previous vintages, starting during the second week of the month of September.
The Procanico and Grechetto grapes were picked separately and were then given a soft an delicate destemming and pressing. The resulting must was chilled to a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10°) to assist a natural static settling of impurities and then went into stainless steel tanks, where it fermented at a temperature held to a maximum of 64° Fahrenheit (18° centigrade). The wine was then held in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit. The preparation of the wine in small lots prior to bottling maintained a notable freshness and fragrance.
The Orvieto DOC appellation received official recognition in the 1971 and, over the past forty years, has experienced an extraordinary growth both in terms of volume of production and of overall quality levels. Today Orvieto is, on a worldwide basis, one of Italy’s best known white wines and, on its own, accounts for approximately three fourths of the appellation wine produced in the Umbria region. The appellation area is subdivided into first, Orvieto Classico, the classic area around the city of Orvieto – perched high on a bluff – sits and then, second, into Orvieto, which fills out the appellation territory to the north and south. The geological components of the production zone – of volcanic origin – and the micro-climate created by the valleys of the Paglia and lower Tiber rivers are the basis of the oenological fortunes which, since time immemorial, have made Orvieto and wine a synonymous whole. It is no accident that Orvieto is one of the few cities in the entire world whose name coincides with both a wine and a territory.
The 2017 Campogrande shows a straw yellow color, The nose is intense and delicate with notes of orange flowers, peaches, and apricots. The palate is soft and fresh with a savory finish and a fruity aftertaste.