Why Be Curious? Mutiliana [moo-TIL-ee-anna] is a wine producer, and the ancient name of the Apennine mountain village of Modigliana [Mo-DILL-ee-anna], located in the Romagna part of Emilia-Romagna. Modigliana is also one of Sangiovese di Romagna’s official subzones, whose high altitude, as well as marl and sandstone soils, distinguish it from the larger designation. In effect, these mountain vineyards (380-600m.) highlight Sangiovese’s bitter elegance: botanical notes intertwine with pithy fruit: eucalyptus, sage, and artemisia meeting sour cherry, blood orange, and pomegranate. Local owner Giorgio Melandri is bottling not only within one subzone, but within Modgliana’s three valleys: Acer(r)eta, Ib(b)ola, and Tramaz(z)o, teasing out further the terroir. These are engaging wines, intellectual without losing their mountain-grown spirit.
Mutiliana Romagna Sangiovese ‘Acereta’
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Romagna Sangiovese Modigliana.
Nome / Name: Acereta.
Ettari / Hectares: 2 Ha.
Quota / Altitude: 380 m / 1250 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: sandy soils originated from the crumbles of marl and sand stones.
Esposizione / Exposure: South and West.
Vitigni / Varieties: various clones of Sangiovese from Romagna.
Età delle viti / Vine age: 15 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 3500 vines/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: spur pruned cordon (Ruayt).
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: end of September – early October.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Only : only sulfur and copper.
Resa / Yield: 5000 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Native yeasts.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: : 10 days. Modigliana is in the mountains and there is no need for a controlled temperature. Maceration for 40 days in stainless steel tanks. The wine then stays the whole Winter in concrete vats and it is bottled in June.
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: Yes. It spontaneously start in November, stops during the Winter and ends in the Spring.
Affinamento / Élevage: The whole Winter in 20 hl concrete tanks and the in bottle from July,
Chiarificazione, filtrazione / Clarification, filtration: Natural decant and then filter with 5 micron cardboard filters.
Zolfo / Sulphur: less than 40 mg/L total.
Altri prodotti aggiunti? / Other products added?: None.
Produzione annua / Annual production: 200 cases.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 13%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml Burgundy bottle.