Rapsodya

Appelation: Romagna DOC Sangiovese Superiore

Grape variety: Sangiovese 100% Romagna clone

Area: Montesasso Village, at 2.5 km from Mercato Saraceno

Vineyard: Single cru vineyard of 2.5 Ha

Exposure: South-East

Altitude: at 380 mt. above sea level

Soil: Sandstone soils characterized by the pre-Apennine climate

Planting density: 5900 plants per Hectar

Plant nursing system: Two-sided runner system

Production per hectare: 7000 kg grapes

Harvest: Selected grapes, hand picked in the second decade of September

Winemaker: Francesco Bordini

Curiosity

The label represents the oil painting called “Alfa” made by the artist Alessandro Trani.

Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and in the numeral system it has it has a value of 1.

Rapsodya is the first reference wine produced by Castello Montesasso.

Moreover, the Chromaticism of the painting brings to mind to the color of soil and to the fullness of our Sangiovese.

2019 wine vintage

The winter of 2019 had been very mild and characterized by the absence of rain which lasted until May, a month that witnessed the sudden arrival of cold, and copious rains.

This weather trend compromised the grape yield, causing a slight decrease compared to the previous year and a delay in the ripening of the grapes.

Summer witness scorching temperatures alternated to violent rains.

The harvested grapes had a lower sugar content than in 2018 but with a good degree of acidity and were much more fragrant than in previous years as a result of the strong temperature variations between day and night in the months of August and September.

Rapsodya 2019

Wine making: Fermentation and skin maceration in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. The skin maceration period is approx. 18 days, followed by the malo-lactic fermentation. Further ageing for six months in bottle.

Alcohol content: 13.5% by vol

Serving temperature: 18°C / 65°F

Tasting notes: Very Fruity nose of ripe cherry with note of dark spices. The palate shows ripe tannins. Ruby red colour.

Food pairing: Perfect with risotto and pasta dishes.

Number of produced bottles: 2700 bottels of 750ML

2018 wine vintage

Winter 2018 has been cold, snowy  with heavy rain and this has boosted a long term dormancy of the vineyard and fostered the hydric reserve that helped the plant during a hot and no-raining Summer.

The spring months had average temperature and average rain fall.

This weather conditions has enhance a lush vegetation and a good development of the grape bunches.

Harvest 2018 has been abundant and with a good level of sanity of the grapes.

Emilia Romagna da bere e da mangiare Guide
2019/2020 edition

Graded with 6 berries

Rapsodya 2018

Wine making: Fermentation and skin maceration in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. The skin maceration period is approx. 18 days, followed by the malo-lactic fermentation. Further ageing for six months in bottle.

Alcohol content: 13.5% by vol

Serving temperature: 18°C / 65°F

Tasting notes: Very Fruity nose of ripe cherry with note of dark spices. The palate shows ripe tannins. Ruby red colour.

Food pairing: Perfect with risotto and pasta dishes.

Number of produced bottles: 2700 bottels of 750ML

2016 wine vintage

Vintage 2016 was distinguished by a mild  and dry winter that brought to early germination

Luckily Spring brought several raining and avoid the hydric stress  and  an insufficient groundwater. Summer was sunny without ever being too hot, and drying winds resulted in low humidity and reduced disease pressure.

Late summer was characterized by warm days and cool nights, ensuring grapes ripened fully, while maintaining ideal levels of acidity.

The quality and health of grapes at harvest was very high. 

Guida Emilia Romagna da bere e da mangiare
2019/2020 edition

Graded with 5 berries

Rapsodya 2016

Winemaking: Fermentation and skin maceration in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature.  Further ageing for six months in French oak barrels and four months (minimum) in bottle.

Alcohol content: 13.5% by vol

Serving temperature: 18°C / 65°F

Tasting notes: Excellently fresh with notes of violet flowers and blackcurrant. Cherry and other red fruits. Ethereal with spicy notes of cloves on the palate. Elegantly tannic with fresh finish. Ruby red colour.

Food pairing: Perfect with risotto and pasta dishes. BBQ meat, cold cuts and aged cheese selections.

Number of produced bottles: 888 bottels of 750ML