Each of the Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicone “Moma” Umberto Cesari grape varieties was vinified separately. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts at controlled temperatures in vertical stainless steel tanks with a submerged cap and lasted for 12 to 14 days. Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicone “Moma” Umberto Cesari was then aged for six months in 30 hectolitre Slavonian oak barrels, followed by a minimum of three months in bottle prior to release.
Umberto Cesari is located in eastern Emilia-Romagna, where the vineyards cover eight ‘poderi’ or fields. The estate is protected by the Calanchi Azzuri- the local badlands- a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. The Calanche Azzuri forms a crown-like structure of clay based rocks. This combination of clay soils and the mild climate promote ideal conditions for premium viticulture. The average age of the vines used to produce ‘Moma’ is 15 years and they yield 10,000kg per hectare. Careful canopy management is undertaken to ensure the optimum amount of sunlight and shade, encouraging the clusters to reach optimum maturity. The vineyards are cultivated sustainably and the grapes are hand-harvested.
For Umberto Cesari, producing good wine in Emilia Romagna is a family tradition. It is here that Umberto and his wife Giuliana started their company in 1965, when they bought 20 hectares of land in the hills. Their ambition was to turn Sangiovese into a great wine, reflecting the typicity of the area. The Umberto Cesari winery has continually expanded and today the estate extends over 100 hectares divided into distinct vineyards; La Casetta, Parolino, Cà Grande and Laurento, each of which provides the perfect micro-climate for the vines planted. As pioneers of quality in Emilia Romagna, Cesari has gained international recognition and has been awarded ‘IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year’ four times in the last 15 years.