Emilia Romagna extends from the Adriatic Sea to the Apennines Mountains that separate it from Tuscany; in fact, it was part of Tuscany until the 1930s. While Tuscan wines have flourished in reputation and price, Emilia Romagna wines have languished even if their quality compares favorably with all but the best wines of Tuscany. The Castelluccio estate was founded in the 1970s. Oenologist and consulting winemaker Vittorio Fiore purchased the property in 1999. The 36 acres of vineyards and 6 acres of olive trees lie at an altitude range of 1155 - 1320’ with mostly eastern and southwestern exposure. The soil is compact layered marl and limestone outcroppings of “ronchi,” rock formations that protrude from the mountain side. The vineyard was first planted in 1975, the vine age now varies between 14 and 42 years. With 2000 vines per acre and a yield of only 2.4 tons/acre, the wines are quite concentrated.
"Le More" refers to the blackberry character of this deep and lively Sangiovese di Romagna. The wine is 100% Sangiovese, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks (to retain its fresh and fruity character) at 82-87 degrees, with a 12-day maceration. The alcohol is 13.0%. Deep ruby red in color with notes of blackberries, raspberries and other red fruits, it is well structured with good acidity and a pleasantly lingering finish. Pair it with sauced poultry and grilled red meats. The Wine Spectator reviewed the 2015: “This well-balanced red is light- to medium-bodied, displaying a lively mix of ripe black cherry, star anise, and fresh loamy earth flavors with subtle, creamy tannins. Reveals a citrusy note on the finish. Very drinkable.”