Piana dei Castelli – Out Bianco 2013
Piano dei Castelli’s 2013 Out Bianco is made of 50% Montepulciano and 50% Cesanese, from a vineyard to the south of Velletri, and vinified as a white wine. The 60-year-old vines are grown on siliceous clay and were harvested manually at the end of July. After destemming, the grapes were crushed and cold-macerated with their skins for 48 hours in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts, without any additions. It was then aged on its lees for 8 months, again in steel tanks, and bottled unfiltered.
The 2013 Out Bianco has a straw-yellow color with a green tinge. It has an intense and complex nose, on the palate fresh acidity surrounded by tertiary taste of wood and leather, with a mouth-filling saline finish. A wine full of charm to taste as an aperitif with slices of Parma ham, cheese and olives. Also pleasant with white or baked meat.
About Piana dei Castelli
Located in the comune of Velletri, southeast of Rome in Lazio’s Alban Hills, Matteo Ceracchi and Nicoletta De Angelis run Piana dei Castelli. The couple farm a mosaic of vineyards, spread over eleven different municipalities, at various altitudes and with varying soil types – although mostly volcanic, rich in basalt and tuff. Although Ceracchi is a classically trained oenologist, they work decidedly natural – eschewing synthetic chemicals in their biodynamically farmed vineyards and excess intervention in the cellar. It leads to adventurous, unpredictable wines that express character and a clear sense of place