Calcabrina Biodynamic Farm
Montefalco, Umbria, Italy
Calcabrina Biodynamic Farm is a family-run working farm focused on viticulture, olive groves, and the production of goat cheese. The estate was established in 2001 but it was in 2005 that Diego Calcabrina decided to undertake a new challenge, that of organic and biodynamic production of wine. Located within the area of Montefalco, Calcabrina is focused on organic farming and biodynamic methods, which allow the production of wine, oil and cheese from high quality goat milk. This is a true polyculture farm that focuses on biodiversity, where the manure from the sheep is used as fertilizer for the vines. Diego hopes for the Calcabrina estate to become a training center for biodynamic agriculture and “Waldorf pedagogy.”
Visit website here: https://www.montefalcowine.it/en/cantina-winery/calcabrina-biodynamic-farm/
Calcabrina Foglio 11 (Sagrantino) IGT Umbria 2012
Named for a public map where the vineyard is located. Though situated in the heart of the Sagrantino di Montefalco zone, they don’t use the DOCG because of the Dutch bottles. 100% Sagrantino, harvested in the second half of September. The grapes were pressed directly into wooden barriques and aged for about 20 months with occasional battonage. The wine was bottled without clarification or filtration. This is big and rich and dense; a classic Sagrantino with notes of dark fruits and earth.
Calcabrina Foglio 61 (Sangiovese) IGT Umbria 2014
100% Sangiovese from the heart of the Montefalco zone. After harvesting early in the morning, the grapes are put into stainless steel tanks where they ferment spontaneously. The wine is kept for one year in stainless and one year in barrel before being bottled without the addition of sulphur. This is a medium bodied red with remarkable aromatic intensity; hints of black cherry, earth and leather with strong but not abrasive tannins. There is a savory note here that speaks to the uniqu terroir of Umbria.