Terre di Chieti Il Mostro Striga

Regular price $25.00

Winemaker: Nicola Marchesani

Appellation: Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy

Grape Varieties: Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo

Today’s modern vampire tales can often be traced back to the striga, which is a catch-all term used to describe Slavic monsters whose souls have been sullied by black magic. The term ‘striga’ derives from the Latin word strix, which translates to ‘owl,’ but it more generally refers to winged omens of death. Striga, which were once humans, drink blood as their sole food source, with a strong preference for human blood. This Montepulciano rosé, with its beautifully cherry red color, resembles the main, iron-rich sustenance of the demonic Striga.

The grapes were hand-harvested from a southeast facing vineyard at 190-200 meters above sea level. They were crushed immediately once back at the cellar, and fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wines remained there to age for 6 months, prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered, with just a 75 ppm dosage of sulfur.

'l Mostro’ was conceived as a new experimental project from Poggio Anima. The names of the wines are derived from children's bedtime warnings throughout Europe. The grapes come from the Monteodorisio Vineyard in Chieti, Abruzzo. The Marchesani family has been farming this since the mid-1960s and following the marriage of Sebastiano Jasci to Lucia Marchesani, the newly married couple embarked on a new frontier of higher quality farming. Sebastiano pushed for organic farming and became one of the first certified organic vineyards in Italy in 1978 and today their son Nicola has taken over the winemaking. 'Ragana' is an ancient pre-Indo-European spirit and a powerful prophetess who reveals the future. She is best known in the Baltic states and is thought to rule over fertility and regeneration and is the guardian of nature's cycles: creation, growth, decline and destruction. In many ways she is the spirit of balance. It is this encompassing life cycle which inspired this vinous concoction.