A medium-bodied natural Lazio red made from Cesanese grapes for local everyday consumption, blackberries, dusty tannins, a little effervescence upon opening.
Azienda Agricola Rapillo is a biodynamic farm located in Serrone in the heart of the Ciociaria 350 meters above sea level between the Valle del Latini and the Arcinazzo plateaus. This is a scraggy nearly inhospitable volcanic terrain -- in fact its name means ‘serrated’ -- not conveniently located near an Autostrada nor near anyone’s beaten path really. The soil ranges from terra rossa to sand and limestone. They are growing their local grapes, Cesanese and Passerina. This is a true "vino del contadino" -- Rapillo wasn't even bottling these wines until we found them! They were just selling them "sfuso" direct from the stainless steel tanks into whatever container the locals brought to fill it up with. How "contadino" are they? When we convinced them to come to NYC for RAW 2016 it was the vigneron's (Enzo) first time on a plane ever and he stayed on this side of the Atlantic for a total of 48 hours before high-tailing it back home.