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IL RAGGIO

I.G.T. Umbria passito
The complexity of the grape varieties of strong aromatic connotation such as Moscato, Sauvignon blanc and Viogner, the uniqueness of our soil's characteristics and the patient work of the sun are woven together to give grapes that are full, juicy and of rich extraction. The wine obtained from this has an old gold colour with amber tints. To the nose flavours of dried fruit, jam, ripe apricots and candied orange alternate with hints of honey, almond and vaguely vanilla notes. It is enveloping, round and full on the palate, with a good flavour that balances its sweetness and enhances the olfactory sensations.  
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SOIL
Of volcanic origin, hilly, 220 metres above sea level, south-east and south-west facing
AGE OF THE VINEYARDS
From 12 to 20 years
GRAPE VARIETY
Moscato (40%),Sauvignon Blanc (40%), Viogner (20%)
DENSITY
3.000 plants per hectare
VINE TRAINING SYSTEM
Cordone speronato
YIELD
15 hectilitres per hectare
VINIFICATION PROCESS
After the normal ripening process the grape bunches are left on the vines for 3 to 4 weeks during which time they wither naturally in the sun and wind of the hillside. The harvest takes place only when there is at least a 30% drop in weight. The fermentation is slow, over a month or so in stainless steel at controlled temperature. Once they have reached the alcoholic requirement of 12%, the fermentation is blocked by means of refrigeration and filtration. Then there is a gentle maturation in oak barrels for roughly 6 months before bottling. The wine is put on sale only after bottle aging of at least 6 months.
ACCOMPANIMENTS
It goes with dried fruit, dry and stuffed desserts, puddings and almond sweets. It is also excellent with soft cheeses and marbled cheeses like gorgonzola. Interesting as a wine to meditate with after dinner.
ORIGINS OF THE NAME
What better way can there be to sum up a raisin wine, one of those wines that express forcefully something that is present but at the same time intangible, untouchable as the ray (il raggio) of the sun that makes a good grape!