Stefano Amerighi Cortona Syrah
100% Syrah, a portion of which are partially de-stemmed, while some are left whole and still others are lightly foot pressed. Fermentation occurs spontaneously in small concrete vats and without the use of pumps, sulfur or temperature control. The wine is then allowed to clarify naturally and is moved to various vessels for aging (mostly concrete and Clayver ceramic orbs, but a small portion does go into large oak casks).
Starting in 2013, Stefano began his Pecorino project, Noe', retracing the grape to its genetic origins in the Monti Sibillini of Le Marche, at 900-1000m above sea level, working with 100+-yr-old ungrafted vines. More recently Stefano bought some land in San Pietro a Dame in the area known as the Monti di Cortona. He planted Syrah there on terraces above 700m. Those vineyards saw their first harvest in 2021 and we'll see a young-vine, fresh Syrah emerge at some point in 2022. He's also one of six winemakers collaborating at Halara' in Marsala, a one hectare vineyard planted to Parpato and Catarratto. He's quite linked to some of the famous names of the Northern Rhone and he's currently writing a monograph on Cornas. Stefano is an ever-searching vignaiolo. There will also be more to learn and more to say about what he's up to.
Amerighi is a Demeter-certified biodynamic winery.