Le Coste (Gradoli, Lazio)
The wines of Le Coste have a depth and energy that is matchless. Their complexity, intense minerality and sheer vividness falls completely into place when one meets Clémentine and Gianmarco, both of whom could be seen to be the definition of the word indefatigable. For over ten years the couple have worked tirelessly to create an incredible winery in Gradoli, a small town between Pisa and Rome from where Gianmarco’s family originated.
To describe the site as stunning is an understatement. The various vineyards sit perched some 600 meters above sea level, overlooking the wide expanse of blue that is Lake Bolsena. They are an incredibly unique collection of sites and medley of microclimates all set upon volcanic soil. There are over 20 separate parcels that they tend to, which are made up of many different soil compositions.
This is a simple sparkling wine designed to drink and drink, a veritable thirst quencher. Just 10.5% alcohol, it is made up mainly of procanico, which was fermented dry and then underwent a second fermentation in bottle.
A blend of procanico, malvasia, roscetto, romanesco and petino. Everything was pressed directly and left to ferment in large resin tanks. With only 10% alcohol it is incredibly easy to drink.
This red is a mix of Sangeiovese and various international varieties. It spans a good balance of integrating bright fruit and tannins with freshness. An already well-developed wine, it is easy to drink yet possesses the ability to age well.
The local varieties of greghetto, cileigiolo, colorino and cannaiolo were vinified in a traditional way. The stems were removed and the wine fermented with the skins in vats of French oak and chestnut for about three weeks.
The best greghetto rosso from the oldest sites was saved for Rosso R. When the fruit reached full maturity it was picked, partly detstemmed and left to macerate for one month. After the pressing the wine was fined for just less than 24 months.