Wine region: Marche
Area: Cupra Marittima (Ascoli Piceno)
Square: 16 He
Quantity: 7 500 bottles
Owner: Eleonora Rossi
Agronomist: Marco Casolonetti
Enologist: Marco Casolonetti
Wine type: red
Oasi degli Angeli is located in Cupra Marittima , part of the Marche region of central Italy. The property belongs to the Rossi family and is now run by Eleonora Rossi and Marco Casolanetti. The soil is a mixture of mostly sand and stones which results in great drainage, but does not represent the easiest growing medium. To combat this issue Marco plants the vines densely (10 000 -20 000 vines per hectare vs more common in Italy 4000-5000) and does very frequent pruning throughout the season to insure very small yields and high concentration of flavours on each plant.
Oasi degli Angeli makes two wines : the 'Kupra' and the 'Kurni', that is known all around the world.
Kurni (named after the nickname of the family of Eleonora) is produced from 100% Montepulciano with the vines circa 50 years old, grown at an altitude of 80 to 100 meters above sea level, with a sun-bathed southern exposure. Wine density is from 7,000 per hectare for older vines and 13,000-22,000 per hectare for the younger ones.
After fermentation the wine goes into 100% brand-new 224-liter French-oak barrels for 9 months. Then, just to be sure, after 9 months all the wine is racked into a completely new set of 100% brand-new 224-liter French-oak barrels for another 9 months. So the wines goes into all new barrels -- twice. "It's not for the oak flavours, but for the oxygen," says Marco, referring to the fact that montepulciano needs to be oxygenated well to open up and develop finesse. After another four months of bottle age, Kurni is ready.
Since the very first vintage Kurni has been constantly receiving the most prestigious awards: Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso and Decanter (90 - 96 points). Oasi degli Angeli currently makes circa 4,000 bottles per year and the wines are acquired by the finest restaurants and wine lovers around the world.