Bosco Sant’Agnese Federiciano Piedirosso


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Vintage: 2017
Region: Campagna, Italy
Viticulture: Organic and Biodynamic
Grape varieties: 100% Piedirosso

Bosco Sant’Agnese Federiciano Piedirosso is a dark, earthy red wine made from an indigenous variety in Campagna, Italy.

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About Bosco Sant’Agnese Federiciano Piedirosso

Bosco Sant’Agnese Federiciano Piedirosso is a dark, earthy red wine made from an indigenous variety in Campagnia, Italy. Dark berry fruit, forest floor, and earthy spice.

About Piedirosso

Piedirosso is an ancient, black-skinned grape variety found throughout Campania, Italy. It was very widely planted in the 19th Century following the phylloxera crisis but has since suffered a decline. Today, the trend is slowly being reversed with producers returning to the grape, albeit predominantly as a blending partner for Aglianico and Olivella.

Piedirosso means “red feet” in Italian and is named as such because the stem is made up of three branches and is russet-colored making the vine resemble a dove’s foot. This also explains some of the variety’s other names Palombina, meaning “little dove” and Pere’e Pallummo, meaning “dove’s foot”.

Single-variety wines made from Piedirosso tend to be deep ruby in color and full-bodied with soft tannins. Typical flavors in these wines include plum, cherry, and brambly wild berry fruit. More complex characteristics such as espresso, mushroom, and damp earth are exhibited in better examples.

A minerally, almost salty characteristic can be found in many Piedirosso wines. This can in part be attributed to the volcanic soils in which the grape thrives.

The grape is grown in a number of DOC areas in Campania; Taburno, Campo Flegrei, Capri, Amalfi Coast, Falerno del Massico, Ischia, Penisola Sorrentina, Sannio and Vesuvio. However, blends containing Piedirosso are far more common than single-variety wines.

Perhaps the best-known wines majoring in Piedirosso are the Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio red and rosé wines. In these, the must make up a minimum of 50 percent of the blend. Olivella and Aglianico are permitted to make up the remainder of the blend. Campi Flegrei, Penisola Sorrentina and Ischia red wines have similar requirements.

The variety is seen to bring softness and complexity to wines such as Aglianico that might otherwise be too intense as a single variety. Piedirosso is also permitted as a minor blending component (less than 15 percent) in two of the four DOCGs in Campania, Taurasi, and Aglianico del Taburno.

Piedirosso is occasionally used in passito, the Italian style of vin de paille (straw wine). This is a sweet wine that is made from dried grapes.

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