House, cellar, an eatery open at week-ends, vineyards, a kitchen garden and rabbit hutches make up the haven in the Sant’Egidio valley, site whose biodiversity is protected by European Union, that Marco Casolanetti and Eleonora Rossi came back to in 1990s after finishing university in Bologna. She, a would-be teacher and a fantastic cook, returned to work on her parent’s farm, he to find a bucolic retreat after years spent studying engineering. But for both, the real reason to come back was their passion for wine.
The first bottle of Kurni, an old nickname of Eleonora’s family, was released in 1997. Since then the winery has gained a host of supporters, received a few envious criticism, undergone innumerable attempts at imitation and, above all, earned one accolade after another.
In the beginning there were only the cordon-trained vineyards planted by Eleonora’s family more than 30 years ago. Ten yard later, Marco planted his own first vines, initially at 13,000, then 15,000 per hectare, all bush-trained. Three years ago, Marco racked the density up to astounding 22,000 vines per hectare. All this makes sense in an area with very poo soil, a mixture of sand and stones, which nonetheless drains well and water is never a problem. The vines are arranged to have tow facing fruit canes tied to a central support. Eleonora and Marco’s viticulture ins natural and sensitive to the needs of the vines and human health.
Kurni is a stand-out wine. It may trigger mixed options but no one can argue with the fact that it’s a personal Montepulciano that has achieved massive commercial success. Kurni 2009 (6000 bottles) exudes fruity, creamy density infused with spices. Despite the sweet, soft entry and pervasive mouth-feel, it caresses the palate and expands with well-honed, very sweet tannins. It is flanked by another wine made with a grape known locally as Bardò, a Grenache biotype. Kupra 2008 (500 bottles) is a never-ending journey through lavender and other flavors, spices citrus and undergrowth by way of tonic, crisp fruit. The palate is fresh and alluring.
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