Filippi, Soave Colli Scaligeri DOC ‘Monteseroni’ - The nose is enticing and intense, apricot and yellow plum, almonds, baked apple. It grows complexity and intensity with air. Medium-bodied on the palate, quince, fresh apricots, brown spices. Try with shellfish; coconut-based mild curries or grilled chicken with wild herbs.
100% Garganega, 70 to 80 years vines, pergola trained planted on the winery’s warmest site. Soils are chalky limestone. ‘Monteseroni’ is also the name of the mountain; in local dialect, it means “the mountain of wild roosters.”
Hand-harvested, pressed gently, fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel 100L tanks with indigenous yeasts. Extended lees contact, with some lees stirring in the winter months. Cold settling; unfined, unfiltered.
CANTINA FILIPPI, Castelcerino Certified organic
Filippi’s estate and vineyards are located in Castelcerino, in the highest part of the Soave DOC. Filippi began bottling his own wine in 2003, he began farming organically and was certified organic in 2007. Over the years, he's incorporated some of the principles of biodynamic farming as well.
The soil in the vineyards is mostly rocky, volcanic clay with parts that are rich in limestone. The property and vineyards are unique in that there is a rich biodiversity including wooded areas surrounding the vineyards. This is a critical aspect to the estate’s practices, as it allows for the vineyards to exist in harmony with the surrounding nature.
This natural approach in the vineyards is carried forth in the cellar as well. The grapes are all hand harvested and sorted. Fermentations occur with indigenous yeasts, in stainless steel tanks. The wines are held on their lees for an extended time, especially their top single vineyard wines. All of the Soaves are 100% Garganega, of course, even though the appellation allows up to 30% of other varietals such as Trebbiano in the blends. As for the Soaves, while most top examples are often rich and honeyed, Filippi’s wines are some of the most structured and mineral-driven. The high elevation and volcanic and limestone soils certainly come through in the brightness and focus of the wines. They often require time to open up, and can last for days with just a cork in the bottle. All of the wines certainly over-deliver for their price in terms of complexity and pedigree.