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DOCG Italian Wines: Albana di Romagna DOCG

DOCG Italian Wines: Albana di Romagna DOCG



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Production area and history

Production area: the whole territory of the municipalities of Bertinoro (FO), Borgo Tossignano (BO), Casalfiumanese (BO), Castel San Pietro Terme (BO), Dozza Imolese (BO), Fontanelice (BO), Castrocaro and Terra del Sole FO), Longiano (FO), Meldola (FO), Montiano (FO), Roncofreddo (FO), Brisighella (RA), Casola Valsenio (RA) and Riolo Terme (RA); part of the territory of the municipalities of Imola (BO), Ozzano dellEmilia (BO), Cesena (FO), Forlì (FO), Forlimpopoli (FO), Savignano sul Rubicone (FO), Castel Bolognese (RA) and Faenza (RA).
To describe and celebrate this classic white wine from Romagna an ancient legend has been handed down that is worth a whole speech.
It is said that the daughter of the emperor Theodosius, Galla Placidia, first tasted this wine during a stop in a small town in Romagna. It was served to her in a rough terracotta jug but as soon as she drank it she was delighted by the goodness of that nectar so much that she exclaimed: Not so humbly you should drink it, but drink it in gold, to pay homage to your sweetness !.
Since then, it is said, at the court of Ravenna Albana was drunk in precious golden cups and that the town where the princess stopped to take a refreshment took the name of Bertinoro, a name that still retains today. It also appears that Federico Barbarossa, at the time when he was a guest of the Countess Frangipane in Bertinoro, was so enthusiastic about Albana that he often indulged in hangovers.
Today Bertinoro, in the province of Forlì, is rightly considered the heart of the Albana di Romagna production. The Albana di Romagna DOC dates back to 1967 and in 1987 it was given the first DOCG lambita among Italian white wines. (Production regulations).

Albana di Romagna DOCG (www.consorziovinidiromagna.it)

Bunch of Albana di Romagna (photo ww w.vivairauscedo.com)

Vines - Minimum alcoholic strength - Aging and qualifications

Grape variety: Albana exclusively. This white grape variety is grown only in Romagna: it is therefore the autochthonous grape par excellence.
It is produced in the following versions:
Dry:
- minimum overall alcohol content: 11.50 degrees;
- reducing sugars to carry out: maximum 4 grams per liter;
- total acidity: not less than 5 grams per liter;
- net dry extract: not less than 17 grams per liter.
Lovely:
- minimum overall alcohol content: 12 degrees;
- reducing sugars to carry out: from 12 to 45 grams per liter;
- total acidity: not less than 5 grams per liter;
- net dry extract: not less than 17 grams per liter.
Sweet:
- minimum overall alcohol content: 12 degrees;
- reducing sugars to carry out: over 45 grams per liter, but not exceeding 80 grams per liter;
- total acidity: not less than 5 grams per liter;
- net dry extract: not less than 17 grams per liter.
Passito:
- minimum overall alcohol content: 15,5 degrees;
- minimum alcoholic strength: 12 degrees;
- undecomposed reducing sugars: minimum 15 grams per liter;
- total acidity: not less than 4.5 grams per liter;
- net dry extract: not less than 22 grams per liter.
Albana di Romagna does not require aging and bottle storage must not go beyond 3-4 years.

Organoleptic characteristics

Dry:
- color: straw yellow, tending towards golden for aged products;
- smell: with a slight characteristic Albana scent;
- flavor: dry, slightly tannic, warm and harmonious.
Lovely:
- color: straw yellow, tending towards golden for aged products;
- smell: characteristic of Albana;
- flavor: fruity, sweet, pleasant, characteristic.
Sweet:
- color: straw yellow, tending towards golden for aged products;
- smell: characteristic of Albana;
- flavor: fruity, sweet, pleasant, characteristic.
Passito:
- color: golden yellow with an amber tendency;
- odor: intense, characteristic;
- flavor: velvety, pleasantly sweet or sweet.

Pairings and serving temperature

The dry type is indicated (served at a temperature of 10-12 ° C in glasses for white bodied wines) for fish in general, in particular for crustaceans, soups and broths. It can also be served with goose liver and white meats, especially with jellied chicken, brains, sweetbreads; it can also go well with soups in broth and creams. Also highly recommended as an aperitif.
The Amabile, Dolce and Passito types should instead be consumed at the end of the meal, with fruit and dessert, served in small glasses. A particularly suitable combination is that of Albana di Romagna Passito with donut.
The best pairing for Albana Passito is with the classic Fossa cheese accompanied by chestnut honey.


Video: Il Futuro del Romagna Albana Docg (August 2022).