The Italian genius for transforming the unique qualities of land into pure art, Sistina is inspired by the “cosmatesque” mosaics which appeared for the first time in 1200 A.D., in which small pieces of precious polychrome geometric-shaped marbles are assembled. Of particular workmanship, these are found mostly on church floors across Italy, including Abruzzo. This classic beauty is revealed in Sistina’s wines. Crafted with utmost care, elegant in taste, with a balanced sensorial level akin to the same balance found in the timeless architectural beauties found of Italian artistic creations.
Terroir: Codice Citra sits on 6,000 hectares of wide territory that covers almost the entire province of Chieti, with a north-to-south extension of 80-90km, and for 40km from the sea to the inland. It is a privileged spot where grapes ripen among Majella, Gran Sasso and the Adriatic Sea: a unique chance to exploit different and unique terroirs and microclimates, with the ideal temperature range for the ripening of grapes. Mountain airstreams and sea breeze grapes acquire different chemical and aromatic characteristics that are fundamental to the production of Citra’s distinctive wines.
Vinification: The picked grapes are traditionally vinified by a long maceration of the skins with a submerged cap at a controlled temperature. Wine is racked off, pumped over, and decanted into stainless steel tanks at the end of the malolactic process.
Intense red color with violet reflections, an elegant bouquet in which hints of black cherry and berries are combined with notes of black pepper, persimmon and balsamic aromas. The flavor is full-bodied and velvety, balanced and with a long finish.
Food Pairing: Pair with mushroom and truffle dishes. Ideal with roast lamb, game, venison and baked red meats. It also goes well with salami and seasoned cheeses. Serve cool at 57/61˚ F.
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