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Mountainuous and scarely populated, Molise does not really stand out as a wine-producing region, while its oldest indigenous grape variety 'Tintilia del Molise' has been safeguarded by a handful of producers to let its potentitals shine.
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Cianfagna’s grapes come from south-facing vineyards at about 500 meters above sea level near the town of Acquaviva Collecroce in the northeastern part of Molise. Here they derive great concentration from high sun exposure, while their high altitude also provides cooling relief at night to aid gradual ripening.
Tintilia del Molise 'Sator' DOC 2015
Tintilia del Molise is one of Italy's oldest indigenous grape varieties, and is being safeguarded by a handful of producers, like Cianfagna. Most people have never heard of this grape nor tasted it, as it has been pushed to the brink of extinction because it is a low-yielding vine and, in a world where growers tend to be paid for the total volume of grapes provided, not a very profitable option.
The grape survived in a few patches here and there and was not re-discovered until the late 1990s, when a few quality-conscious producers took notice of the vine and decided to try to make a go of it, fuelled in part by the creation of the area-wide Molise DOC in 1998, which allowed wines made from at least 85% Tintilia grapes to carry the designation.
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Tintilia del Molise 100%
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Volume: 750 ml