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Solara Romagna Albana Passito DOCG 2017


The tradition of making Albana passito, using partially-dried grapes, goes back many generations. The grapes for this wine are usually harvested in early October and laid out to dry and concentrate for a minimum of 40 days. They are pressed in mid-November and alcoholic fermentation follows before the wines are aged in barriques for 8 months. 


Celli first produced an Albana Passito in the 1980s. The 2017 vintage was unusual because there was very little rain; the grapes ripened thanks to water reserves from melted winter snow, and mostly dried on the vine. They were harvested at the end of October and only needed two weeks in the fruttaio (drying room) before pressing.

Area of production: Bertinoro, Emilia-Romagna

Producer: Celli

Grape varieties: 100% Albana

Vineyard: east-facing 

Soil type: limestone

Harvest period: end of October (later than usual) with the grapes almost dried on the vines

Vinification:  the grapes were dried in crates for a further two weeks and pressed in mid-November before the alcoholic fermentation 

Maturation:  8 months in barriques

Alcohol content: 13% abv

Bottle size: 500 ml


Appearance: bright golden yellow

Nose: apricot, dried fruits with citrus notes

Palate: sweet with balancing acidity, medium bodied, elegant.

Food pairings: this classic, traditional style of wine goes well with plain sponge or madeira cake, herbed cheese, acacia honey and chocolate.



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