NV-C Scacciadiavoli Rose Vino Spumante Brut Metodo Classico, Umbria, Italy (750ml)
A Quarterly Sparkling Wine Club Selection
This most unusual and delicious sparkling wine has a bright tangerine hue with ﬁne bubbles. Aromas of dried apricots and savory herbs complement a palate of apricot preserves, dried tamarind, dried ﬁg and tarragon, with a hint of orgeat. The ﬁnish is absolutely dry and long.
Founded in 1884, the Scacciadiavoli (from scacciare “to banish”, and diavoli “devils”) winery takes its name from an exorcist that lived in a town that borders the property and who used the wine for his rituals. It was originally conceived by Prince Ugo Boncompagni Ludovisi as an imposing oenological complex, highly advanced for the time. In 1954 Amilcare Pambuffetti, then aged 71, bought the Scacciadiavoli property, where at the tender age of 14 he had worked as a farmhand. Upon his death in 1977 his sons Alﬁo, Settimio and Mario continued in their father’s footsteps. In the year 2000 the Pambuffetti brothers (Francesco, Carlo, and Amilcare), the children of Settimio, decided to take the winery into their own hands — the oldest of its kind in the area. A few years ago, the fourth generation of the family joined the activities (Amilcare, Lacopo, Liù, Romeo and Fiammetta).
Although the winery never stopped its production since 1884, the year 2000 saw the beginning of extensive renovations. These were undertaken without modifying the original building and preserving all the historical architectural structures, while introducing new technologies and modern machinery. The winery lies on a hill, with a vertical building on four levels, one of which is below ground, and all the production takes place by gravity-ﬂow.
As it stands, the property consists of 130 hectares of which 40 hectares are dedicated to grapevines. The vines occupy various hillsides in the municipalities of Montefalco, Gualdo Cattaneo and Giano dell’Umbria, at an average altitude of 1300 feet above sea level. These sites are highly suited for the specialized viticulture of late-ripening vine varieties such as Sagrantino.
The grapes (100% Sagrantino) were carefully harvested, sorted, pressed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. This remarkable spumante was created in the traditional Champagne method, wherein the effervescence is obtained through a secondary fermentation in the bottle. It was aged in the bottle “sur lies” for at least 24 months.