Il Verro

Terre del Volturno | Formicola

Il Verro is rooted in a friendship among five teenagers who met in the 1960s. Some 40 years later, they reconvened where they had spent their childhoods. Amid 14 hectares agriculture are 4 hectares reserved for vines—all wildly rare grapes indigenous to this remote reach of northern Campania. Volcanic soils have discouraged both phylloxera and replanting, gifting the region with a wealth of native grapes—casavecchia, pallagrello nero and bianco, and the ultra-rare coda di pecora. Respect for these historic varieties compel Cesar and his team to organic farming practices and a purist cellar style.

Il Verro 2019 Pallagrello Nero

Pallagrello nero is in a cadre of native Italian grapes abandoned in the last century, increasingly adored in the present. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the local ruling family treasured this variety, earning it a spot in the royal vineyards, as Ian D’Agata points out in his Native Wine Grapes of Italy. But, the author notes, by the late 20th century, no one in Italy was producing a monovarietal pallagrello wine. Pallagrello nero was once grown throughout Campania but has since retreated to Caserta, where it can best develop its soft tannins and characteristic notes of black fruit, black pepper, and herbs. Pallagrello nero is vinified in stainless steel, but then, after racking off the gross lees, it waits for the completion of malolactic fermentation in steel, and then another racking is done. The wine is raised in steel tanks until April or May.

  • 2019
  • Pallagrello Nero
  • Italy
  • Compania
  • Terre del Volturno
  • Certified Organic by CCPB
  • Volcanic, sand
  • 8 months stainless steel
  • Stainless steel
  • < 1.0
  • 750 ml

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