ORIGIN: Italy, Forlì
APPELLATION: Fiumana di Predappio
VARIETY/BLEND: 95% Large-berried Sangiovese, Romanga and Tuscany biotypers, 5% other grapes
SOILS: Brown clay limestone
ALTITUDE: 80-150m a.s.l.
FERMENTATION: The Sangiovese grapes are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The contact of the wine with the skins lasts an average of 14 days, followed by the malolactic fermentation.
AGEING: Minimum 6 months in stainless steel tanks and minimum of 3 months in the bottle.
Intense ruby red with garnet color. The scent is typical of Croatina and Ughetta grapes and of the land where the vines grow. The taste is sweetish, strong, vinous, tannic, lively mousse bright red.
An estate full of history, who’s origin is lost in the tales of knights, intrigue and countless battles and wars. It’s an estate which has seen a lot over the years, named after a bold military leader, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta from the mid-1400’s. The property was then taken over by Commander Giuseppe Ricci in 1941, an entrepreneur from Forli, Emilia Romagna. The recent history of the estate however, owes much to the daughter of the commander, Noelia Ricci, who in 1980 first thought of Pandolfa as a wine business and built their beautiful winery. The estate itself covers 140 hectares, of which 40 are planted mainly to Sangiovese as well as Trebbiano, Chardonnay and a few other experimental varieties. Their aim here is to make a pure expression of Sangiovese as it is known in Emilia Romagna.