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Tenuta Casali Famoso '19


Tenuta Casali Famoso '19

Italian wines have a huge place in the heart of wine lovers here in the United States. We of course love Italian food, we love to travel there, and we love the fact that there is seemingly something new to discover about Italy all the time.

When it comes to new discoveries, wine is a perfect example. How many of you have had the grape varietal Famoso? It was on my trip to Emilia-Romagna that I was introduced to this grape varietal. I was able to taste a handful of examples, and wanted to introduce you to my favorite.

Tenuta Casali is a small family winery located in Mercato Saraceno in Romagna. As I mentioned to you on the last wine club, it is a name that we want you to know. The wines at this producer are authentic, delicious, and incredible values.

The Famoso grape varietal was essentially extinct just over a decade ago, with just one vineyard in Mercato Saraceno that has a couple rows of the vines. Historically, Famoso shows up in records back to the 1400's. Likely phylloxera did it in, and the varietal was rarely replanted after. Today, there are around 13 hectares of Famoso vines, with just 10 producers farming those vines.

Tenuta Casali owns a 1 hectare plot of Famoso, vines that were grafted over in 2014. The vineyard has a southeast facing exposition, with varied soil that contains clay, marl and gravel. The vinification of the Famoso is pretty straightforward, with a soft pressing, cold fermentation, and aging on its lees for six months. While I had some other examples of Famoso that had extended skin contact, as well as aging in oak, this example from Tentua Casali shows Famoso in its purest form.

A wildly aromatic varietal, distinctly floral, but with plenty of fruit, ranging from green apple, to peach, to green banana. Plenty of freshness on the palate, we love that this also comes with some body and weight to counterbalance its vibrancy. A delicious wine to drink on its own, it is also an ideal foil to a cheese and charcuterie plate.




Producer Tenuta Casali
Vintage 2018
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Famoso


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