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The name Farnese belongs to one of Italy's most illustrious families. In Renaissance times, this noble family's wines made scintillating appearances on the banquet tables of numerous European courts thanks to Princess Marguerite Farnese, the Emperor's daughter. In 1582, after an eventful lifetime spent in the spotlight, Marguerite chose the tranquility of Abruzzo's Ortona, wedged between the dazzling Adriatic Sea and the Maiella massif, for her sunset years.
Today, Valentino Sciotti and Camillo De Iuliis jointly own the princely vineyards in the valley of the Moro River. This exceptional soil enjoys unique microclimatic conditions and temperature range, for the sea is a mere 19 miles from the Maiella Mountains, soaring up to 9,843 feet. The Farnese range, however, also encompasses a wide variety of terroirs and microclimates throughout Abruzzo, which is instrumental in achieving complexity and consistency in the wines.
The wines are crafted in the heart of the Colline Teramane appellation, at the 540,000 square foot ultramodern facility. These were entirely refurbished in 2004, and now include state-of-the-art equipment and vinification equipment as well as over 1,000 of the finest French and American oak barrels. The facility also includes 50 Slavonian barrels with a capacity of 250 and 50 gallons. The team comprises of a dynamic group of wine professionals as well as such top-notch agronomists and nurserymen.
Farnese embraces distinct terroirs and mountain ranges. The basic range is also known as Farento Valley and is planted with Trebbiano, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Montepulciano. Trebbiano is the workhorse white of Italy. In France the same grape is known as Ugni Blanc and plays a similar role as a filler grape, without too much character. In certain areas, however, it shines as no other. Abruzzo is such an area for Trebbiano. Here it can take on soil components and complexity often compared to $50 White Burgundies at a fraction of the price.
Ours is a perfect example offering shy, but obvious scents of apple and citrus, which is expanded upon the palate. The lingering soft bite is a perfect finish to finish off clams casino.
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