Progetto Calcarius Frecciabomb 2017
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We’re incredibly pleased to now be listing the Progetto Calcarius Frecciabomb 2017!!
Sprouting from the white calcareous soils at the foot of the Gargano mountains near the small village of Apricena, Calcarius is an exciting new ‘project’ by two of Italy’s leading natural winemakers: Valentina Passalacqua and Danilo Marcucci. Until 10 years ago, Puglia-born Valentina worked as a lawyer for her family’s marble mining company, ‘but falling pregnant gave me the power to change my life,’ she says in explaining her swift and radical decision to become a natural winemaker. ‘Mining the land for marble, you feel that you are taking from nature. I decided I wanted to give back to nature and biodynamics was the best way I could do that’.
Danilo, meanwhile, was already in high demand across Italy, where he continues to guide others with his quintessentially instinctive approach to natural winemaking. A chance meeting a few years ago at a natural wine fair in Italy saw these two kindred spirits, both alike in their approach, decide to join forces in an effort to capture the unique mineralization possible within Puglia’s calcareous wine-growing region. Together they have created a very special range, quite unlike anything we’ve ever tried from Puglia: silky, salty, laid-back and full of love, every bottle is a testament to their friendship and the fun they had in making them. Valentina also creates a small range of super fresh, low-alcohol easy-drinking biodynamic wines on the same land under the title Valentina Passalacqua: one red, one rose and one white, all available in litre bottles only, which are included below.
The heart of Calcarius project is in the awareness of the fundamental worth of the soil and the salt components and the synergistic relationship with the Mediterranean climate choosing the indigenous grapes of this piece of Puglia. The Calcarius project vineyard takes roots in the Gargano area, in the community of Apricena where the calcareous draws and decides the life of the persons. This part of Puglia is generating form a calcareous platform with white colour or pink colour, made by compacted limestone rocks crystallized in the Superior Jurassic more than 150 millions of years ago and exactly in the Kimmeridgian geologic era. The land appears on the surface with the typical regolith rocks, which are the result of the limestones crushing and the dark and red clays created by chemical and physical processing of decomposition of these calcareous rocks. Puglia, with its Tavoliere and its Murgia, is the longest region of Italy, but it’s also the region with the greatest coastal development, given that for about 800 km it is bathed by the sea. This presence offers an extremely stable and pleasant climate for most of the year. Therefore, ideal conditions for viticulture which in fact is among the most productive at a national level. 70% of the production is made up of red wines, among which the Negroamaro and the Primitivo are dominant. Among the white wines, on the other hand, the white Bombino, the verdeca and the white Malvasia are representative.
The Progetto Calcarius Frecciabomb is the perfect wine for aperitif or spectacular with fresh burrata! There are tropical fruit, green apple and white peach flavours going on, this is a really special wine!
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