Berucci 'Raphael', Cesanese del Piglio, Lazio, Italy 2019
Maria Ernesta Berucci is a young woman from the gorgeous Hernican town of Piglio, about an hour southeast of Rome. Her family owned vines for many decades but not until 2009 Maria Ernesta and her brother decided it was time to make their own label and revive the family tradition. The name Raphael comes from a family friend whose art is on the label. If you're not familiar with Cesanese but enjoy a good mid bodied, rustic red with soft tannin with cocoa and cherrie notes, grab a bottle and some wild boar bolognese. The family also run an agriturismo inside the medieval city, so if you're looking for a place to hang out, eat good food and drink history, check out the Berucci estate.
Pairing: Wild boar bolognese, spicy sausage, monkfish with red wine reduction
Soil: Limestone and clay of volcanic origin
Viticulture: Organic practicing, no sulfur added, agro-homeopathy