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Il Verro 2018 "Sheep" Coda di Pecora

Campania is a trove of native grapes, with many still uncatalogued or lost in a sea of synonyms. Even in this context, coda di pecora stands out as among the most obscure. Il Verro is the only producer in the world to grow and bottle it as a monovarietal wine. Cesare cheekily labels his coda di pecora as “Sheep”. “Its name derives from the shape of the cluster, which resembles the tail of a sheep,” he notes. “After many years of confusion between coda di pecora and coda di volpe (tail of the fox), in 2005 we performed a DNA examination that certified the grape’s individuality and initiated the procedure for registration among the vines officially recognized by the Italian authorities. Precisely because this procedure has not been completed, the name of the vine may not appear on the label. Hence, Sheep.” Sheep was the first Il Verro wine to be spontaneously fermented, starting in 2018. It is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and raised in tank a further 6 months before bottling.

  • 2018
  • Coda di Pecora
  • Italy
  • Compania
  • Terre del Volturno
  • Volcanic, sand
  • Biodynamic
  • Stainless steel
  • 6 months stainless steel
  • 13.5%
  • 5.44 g/L
  • 1.2 g/L
  • 750 ml
  • White
  • $32.00