Vini Rabasco Cancellino Abruzzo
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Region: Abruzzo, Italy
Grape varieties: Trebbiano d’Abruzzo
Vini Rabasco Cancellino Abruzzo is made from Trebbiano d’Abruzzo picked at the first-pass of harvest. 3-day skin maceration and zero sulfur.
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About Vini Rabasco Cancellino Abruzzo
Vini Rabasco Cancellino Abruzzo is made from Trebbiano d’Abruzzo picked at the first-pass of harvest. 3-day maceration and spontaneous, native yeast fermentation. Aged in stainless steel. Zero added sulfur and no filtering or fining.
About Vini Rabasco
The 3.5-hectare estate of Iole Rabasco is located in the village of Pianella, province of Pescara, in the heart of Abruzzo. The area offers a unique set of meso and micro climates particular to this north-central corner of Abruzzo; the Adriatic is some 40 kilometers away while the base of Gran Sasso flanks the western edge of the Rabasco property. Iole benefits from inheriting her family’s small vineyard and olive grove both of which are soils that have never been treated with chemicals.
The vines across the property, almost all Montepulciano with a couple of rows of Trebbiano, are also quite old, 40 years average and rest at some 450 meters above sea level. Soils are calcareous clay mixed with alluvial sediment and fossil remains. Vines are trained in the traditional tendone style pergola, all worked by hand. Yields are kept low but not excessively low as Iole prefers her wines with more acidity and freshness than power and extract.
About Trebbiano Abruzzese
Trebbiano Abruzzese is grown mainly in the Abruzzo region on the eastern side of central Italy as the white counterpart to the Montepulciano grape. The correct name for this variety is usually conflated with that of the corresponding appellation, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.
It is regarded as a distinct variety from Trebbiano Toscano (Ugni Blanc) and the other “Trebbianos”. Trebbiano Abruzzese and Trebbiano Spoletino are the only two varieties in the group thought to have any family ties.
However Trebbiano Toscano is also grown in Abruzzo and, just to make things a little more cloudy, many Trebbiano d’Abruzzo wines are thought to be made with the Bombino Bianco variety. This is reflected in the DOC regulations which require a minimum 85 percent component of any of the trio, alone or in combination.
There is ongoing debate as to whether Trebbiano Abruzzese and Bombino are identical. They have been listed separately on the official national grape register since 1994 but there has as yet been no conclusive DNA study on the subject. Trebbiano Abruzzese has also been confused in some vineyards with Passerina, which is a distinct variety.
Even the true Abruzzese has several forms although the vines typically have large, five-lobed leaves. These provide shade for the fruit, useful for retaining acidity which can drop off very quickly in overripe grapes.
The variety rarely gains the gold or reddish colors associated with other Trebbiano. The two main variants vary in skin thickness and their tendency to grow in double or treble clusters.