Romagna Sangiovese Modigliana, Ibbola
Ibola is the valley with the most extreme characteristics. Here the sandstone is very pure, with little marl, the altitudes are highest (500 metres above sea level) and the surrounding woods play the most siginificant role in determining the quality of the grapes. The Ibola valley is the narrowest of the three and its grapes mature later than in the others, often in late October. The Sangiovese here is defined by its elegance and austerity, with a salty, incisive palate driven by fine tannins. The nose is floral with an earthy quality that foretells of the wines’s minerality. The finale, with its notes of citrus, is typical of the Sangiovese in this valley.

Romagna Sangiovese Modigliana, Tramazo
Tramazzo is the central valley at Modigliana: it opens towards higher ground and continues as far as Tredozio. The soils here are a mix of marl and sandstone and contain a small but significant percentage of red and ochre clays. The height of the vineyards – at over 600 metres – confers great elegance to the Sangiovese here. The nose is balsamic – with herbal notes of oregano, Helichrysum, sage and eucalyptus – and the palate is delicate and deep. A wine of finesse and energy. The noble green tannins mature with time, guaranteeing exceptional complexity to this wine.

Romagna Sangiovese Modigliana, Acereta
The valley of Acerreta borders on the high areas of Brisighella and is quite similar to it. The soils here are loose mixes of marl and sandstone, with a predominance of the latter. A small but important percentage of clay is also present; it is responsible for giving the wines a cool fruitiness and a tight yet elegant tannic structure. The altitudes here are a little lower than in the Tramazza and Ibola valleys, and the aspect is more open towards the plain below so the sea breezes are able to flow further up. Historically Sangiovese here has been linked to the old Ronchi of Castelluccio: long-aging wines of character that were crystalline and pure.
The nose of Acereta is complex, with notes of gentian, pomegranate, forest fruits and rain. The palate is full and meaty but well honed. This is a wine of character that expresses its fruit cleanly; its long finish is salty, with the refined earthy tones that are typical of the Acerreta valley. Over time, the wine’s noble green notes will give way to minerality.

Forlì Pinot Nero, Ecce Draco
The Appenines are Italy’s most interesting terroir for the production of Pinot Nero: the higher altitudes confer austerity and a linear clarity to the wines. Ecce Drago is an elegant, refined wine produced from grapes grown high at 600 metres above sea level, amidst the thick woods that straddle the Tuscan-Romagnan border. Here Pinot Nero speaks the language of local marl and sandstone, with a deep bouquet that concedes little to the sweetness of the fruit and a palate that makes a virtue of its potential toughness. A wine that will reward oxygenation and time, it’s classical and fresh, with notes of citrus and earthiness in the long finale. The delicate tannins and ability to age will reward the patient with the balsamic notes that are so characteristic of this terroir.