IGT Marche Rosso "Amistà"

100% Montepulciano from a 0.5ha parcel planted in 1985, facing west at 250m, on silty clay with gypsum outcroppings.  The grapes are destemmed and crushed. Fermentation occurs spontaneously in stainless steel with a brief maceration of 3-4 days. Aging occurs in stainless steel and used barriques, about half/half. 
Rather than offer a Montepulciano that is overwrought with color, structure, and alcohol, Ca'Liptra prefers to showcase this vineyard with a lighter, thirst-quenching wine that can be drunk in all seasons. Consider that Montepulciano is at its northern reaches here, so Ca'Liptra is presenting its "Nordic" version. 1500 bottles produced.  Amistà is a literary form of amicizia, meaning friendship.
91 points
"The first thing that stands out on the 2018 Ca'Liptra Marche Rosso Amistà is the color, a translucent ruby, which is completely unexpected and intriguing for a blend that's primarily Montepulciano with up to 10% Sangiovese. Yet as soon as I put my nose to this glass, I can see that we have something quite unique here from start to finish, as a perfumed display of peppery herbs gives way to ripe strawberry, crushed stone and undergrowth. It then floods the palate silky textures, ushering in sweet spices and floral-laced fruits with a buzz of vibrant acids. The finish is fresh and energetic, coating the senses in remnants of spiced berries with inner florals echoing throughout. What an incredibly pretty wine."
Eric Guido,
, April 2019

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