The Faraone family produces traditional Trebbiano & Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines. Their c.10ha property is focused around two vineyards, ‘Convento’ & ‘Collepietro’ in the comune of Mosciano Sant’Angelo, part of the Colli Aprutini zone, close to Giulianova, some 10 miles from the Adriatic in Abruzzo.
Faraone’s story dates back to 1916, and particularly to the 1930s when Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Passerina were first planted; bottling started in 1970. Giovanni Faraone made the wine, aided by his wife Paola & sons Alfonso & Federico; the latter an oenologist who’s worked in France and New Zealand before taking up a post in Umbria.
Recently, Federico has returned to the family cantina & since 2017 is now a partner in the business. Together in 2016 they have leased a new, 1.5ha ‘tendone’ Montepulciano vineyard, rich in stones, below the village of Convento, planted in 1981, whose fruit is being used to support the ‘Le Vigne’ & Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo labels.
The ‘Le Vigne’ (the Vineyards) label is applied to their traditional, blended, expressions of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo (100% Passerina) & Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (100% Montepulciano) wines, while the ‘Santa Maria dell’Arco’ label refers to the best fruit selection; in the case of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, the Santa Maria dell’Arco wine also qualifies as Colline Teramane DOCG, coming from the prized, delimited zone of Montepulciano production. Thanks to the new Convento vineyard, increasing focus & energy is being given to the light red Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (100% Montepulciano) & from Collepietro the varietal labeled white wine: Pecorino.
> Since 2016 converting to organic.
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo ‘Le Vigne’, Mosciano Sant’Angelo
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo ‘Santa Maria dell’Arco’ , Mosciano Sant’Angelo
Passerina dei Colli Aprutini IGT
Pecorino dei Colli Aprutini IGT
‘Collepietro’ Rosso IGT
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Le Vigne’ , Mosciano Sant’Angelo
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Santa Maria dell’Arco’ , Colline Teramane DOCG, Mosciano Sant’Angelo
2017 ‘Le Vigne’ Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Mosciano Sant’Angelo – 12.5%abv, 3k bt bottled in March 2018, tasted 16th April. Aromas of candied lemon and almonds. Textured on the palate, with refreshing acidity and a saline edge…. tasted May 2018: from cooler parcels, crystal clear bright young gold, a racy nose of lemon skin, pithy, white stellar floral fruit + a whiff of the Adriatic close by! Bianco spina fruit to taste, a very refreshing lime spritz, watery pure..TA6.50, pH3.15, bottled with 75mg SO2 total.
2014 ‘Santa Maria dell’Arco’ Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Mosciano Sant’Angelo – 12% abv, bottled mid-April 2018. 14 months on lees (no stirring) and 2 yrs in bottle before release. Slightly closed, but notes of apple core, honey, waxy lemons, lovely texture, complex and concentrated….tasted May 2018 (post bottling), a broader, more developed colour (2 yrs ageing in bottle pre-release), while the nose is richer, more layered, with bready (Chardonnay-esque?), citrus, pulpy orange/lemon, honeyed fruit, ala Chablis Vaillons!? More adroit, quince on the palate, stellar, very pure, expressive, cleansing, it ticks over with Adriatic sea salt sapidity! Only 2k bts produced, TA 6.30, pH 3.20
2017 Passerina dei Colli Aprutini IGT – 12%abv, in keeping with this variety, acidity is good at TA6.97, with a pH of 3.20. Vin Gris/lemon colour, not explosive, more refined, quietly spoken, with pretty, straw/acacia honey/white currant fruit; a sense of free run juice, delicate, delightful, with mandarin pulp…facile even! Total SO2 of 57mg. 4k bts produced
2017 Pecorino dei Colli Aprutini IGT – 13.5% abv, bottled March 18. Perfumed with stone fruit, nectarine, lime and orange blossom. Refreshing and vibrant with some weight and texture from traditional ‘hyperoxidation’ white wine making (old style Burgundy) approach, & subsequent battonage (3/4 days)….retasted May 2018: arguably the most successful grape of the vintage – a year that was almost perfect for the Abruzzesi, bar they could have done with one more shower of rain! Pecorino is also the grape that Federico & his father are focussing more & more on, hence 2017’s production of 6.5k bts. And the wine has responded: an attention-grabbing, energetic, rich expression of lime cordial, verbena, quasi Riesling-esque fruit (more Rudeshiemer than Tier!) Fabulous palate, with pulpy, textured, ‘spangly’ white fruit, lemons & limes…it sprints! Yum (total sulphur 80mg, TA6.60, pH3.30)
2017 Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo – 14k bts, TA5, pH3.50, 14.4% abv, RS 1.4g/litro, bottled March 2017. Increased production. Gorgeous pale cherry colour, with bright aromas of little red berries, strawberries, raspberries. Pure, precise, and energetic on the palate….retasted May’18, this gorgeous-looking wine is growing (in popularity), thanks in part to the quality of the Montepulciano fruit coming from their ‘new’ Convento tendone vineyard, but also due to the annate & work in the cantina…vinified as a bianco (press), so rich but pretty free-run juice, Federico gave the must 24hrs of cold soak to bring out the pretty aromas. More a ‘Rosso’ than ‘Rosato’, its rich cranberry red colour sparkles, along with a suggestion of mandarin! a gorgeous swooning, bright rose petal, red cherry stone & sweet raspberry cream/essence aromas; the palate is med/full, pretty yet with substance, so fluid, with delicious (Italian) blood red orange sweetness & pulp, the family should be proud…best served chilled!
2014 ‘Le Vigne’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Mosciano Sant’Angelo – 13%, tasted end May’18, 13%abv, bottled 9 May’18 with 60mg of SO2 total, 10k bts, still recovering from bottle shock, so difficult to gauge…classic, cool fresh cologne & red berried fruit, sooty, old school Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, with perfumed bitter orange, sweet red fruit & straw….need to retaste in a couple of months.
2012 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Le Vigne, Mosciano Sant’Angelo – 13.5% abv, c.12k bts, 10 days on skins before being aged for 2 yrs in 45 yo botte grande; sooty black fruit, sapid, tapenade, juicy yet classico…
2011 ‘Santa Maria dell’Arco’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Colline Teramane DOCG, Mosciano Sant’Angelo – 13.5%, tasted end May’18, bottled 18 May, with 80mg of total sulphur: difficult to read so soon after bottling, broader, more intense, & more generous. warm straw-berry, brambly fruit, ‘avvolgente’! Lots of sweet earthy spice, of furniture wood, long & salivatingly good. Very trad. Only 4k bts produced.
2008 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Santa Maria dell’Arco, Mosciano Sant’Angelo – 13.5%, c.3k bts, 15 days on skins, 5 yrs ageing incl 18 mths barriques, from the higher vineyards, seared meat, kirsch prune, cherries under spirit, sapid, bramble fruit, sooty, zip of raspberry…