60% NERO BUONO + 30% MONTEPULCIANO + 10% CESANESE
[NEH-roh buò‧no] + [MOHN-teh-pool-CHEE’AH-noh] + [chay-sah-NEH-zeh]
Nero Buono, native to Lazio, is used in blending Cori rosso wines under the Cori DOC, along with Montepulciano and Cesanese. It is part of a club of red grapes with dark skins and dark juice, known as ‘teinturiers’ (to dye or stain in French). For many years, these rare grapes were revered for this attribute, but fell out of favor due to its lack of prolific growth. Nero Buono does it’s best work in the local mix of soils – Calcareous, which helps firm up its structure, and Volcanic, which helps give mineral depth beyond its juicy demeanor.
While it is natural to associate the prolific Montepulciano grape with Abruzzo (as in the revered Montepulciano d’Abruzzo) it is actually one of the most planted grapes in Italy and certainly plays a supporting part in the wine landscape of Lazio. But the most important red grape here is native Cesanese, considered one of the more interesting Italian varieties on the rebound. It’s a challenging grape, as it ripens late, despite the sunny climate it inhabits in Rome.