Orvieto DOC Classico Amabile
The 2018 vintage experienced a long winter with cold temperatures that delayed vine growth by approximately one week. Optimal flowering and fruit set were accompanied by frequent episodes of rainfall that continued up until the first few days of July. Sunny weather set in and continued until mid August without any excessive heat spikes. The last half of August saw some occasional rainfall followed by days of beautiful summer weather. Temperatures increased at the beginning of September. Harvesting of Grechetto and Procanico began mid September.
Procanico and Grechetto grape varieties were brought to the cellars, destemmed and gently pressed. The clarified must was chilled to a temperature of 10 °C (50 °F) to favor a natural settling of the impurities. It was then transferred to temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for alcoholic fermentation at a temperature no higher than 18 °C (64 °F). Subsequently, fermentation was abruptly halted by suddenly lowering the temperature to 10 °C (32 °F) to preserve natural residual sugars. The wine with its residual sugars was filtered and held at a low temperature up until bottling.
38 grams per liter (4%)
The historic town of Cortona sits high on a Tuscan hillside not too far from Siena and Perugia. On one side, a vast plain extends in the distance while on the other side the medieval village is set in the hillside. This is the captivating panorama surrounding the Santa Cristina Winery, established in 2006 to strengthen and renew the tradition of crafting its eponymous wine 60 years after its first vintage in 1946. Over time, Santa Cristina has become a reference point for winemaking experts as well as wine enthusiasts due to our continual commitment to achieving the finest quality. Our diligent vineyard practices and cellar operations have always given us the drive to continue with innovation and research in exploring indigenous as well as international grape varieties. Our wines are original yet highly distinguishable for their unmistakable artisanal style, the result of a strong connection between the vineyards, terroir and man’s perseverance and passion. Casasole is an expression of Orvieto’s classic winemaking traditions; wines from this papal city were sent to ecclesiastical dignitaries and noblemen in Rome. It differs from Orvieto Classico Campogrande due to its light and natural residual sugars making it slightly sweet on the palate.
Casasole has a light straw yellow color. The nose is intense with aromas of white fruit, Golden Delicious apples, bananas and orange zest typical of the Procanico and Grechetto grape varieties. The palate is slightly sweet with excellent freshness that makes it extremely pleasing to drink.