Based in an ancient castle in Abruzzo, Farnese Vini has been named Italy's Winery of the Year three times in a row by the Luca Maroni's highly influential wine guide (no easy feat). Brought to you by quality-obsessed winemaker Filippo Baccalaro, the inaugural vintage of this cuvée debuted toInternational Wine Challenge Red Wine of the Year honors – and it’s had a cult following ever since. One sip, and you’ll understand why.
Filippo’s regular Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is “a wine to buy by the car-load,” says top critic Robert Parker. For this ‘ultimate’ challenge, he takes the same ripe Montepulciano grapes and blends in three other star varieties from across Italy’s sun-drenched south (hence quattro uve or ‘four grapes’ on the label).
With the addition of spicy Sangiovese from Abruzzo, along with berry-packed Primitivo and inky Negroamaro from Puglia, this pasta-perfect result is far greater than the sum of its parts. Low-yielding (flavor-boosting) old vines and Filippo's deft touch in the cellar (he barrel-ages and blends the different wines until achieving the perfect recipe) ensure a rich, complex, finely balanced wine
In the glass, you’re in for billowing, ripe blackberry and licorice aromas, with hints of coffee and spice. The palate is velvety smooth with plummy, cherry richness through the chocolate-laced finish.
Like all great Italian reds, Ultima Edizione comes into its own when served with a meal. Pair it with pizza, meaty pastas like spaghetti Bolognese, or a hearty plate of osso buco (slow-braised veal shanks).Buon appetito!