From Vine Farmer:
Chiara Ciavolich’s land holdings are in the heart of Abruzzo, benefiting from extreme diurnal temperature changes and fewer clouds due to nearby mountain ranges. Chiara is known in the EU for crafting sleek, refined expressions of Montepulciano, Pecorino, and Trebbiano that far transcend the bulk wine reputation of the region. There is a contemporary elegance to her classically proportioned wines, as there is to her - entirely Italian, entirely Abruzzo.
In the early 2000's, Chiara was compelled to better understand the wines of her ancestors who migrated to the area in the 1500's - she even has an incredible cellar dating back to that time with a storied local history of being occupied by the SS during the Second World War. Of this desire, the crown jewels of her farm were born - the rare and singular "Fosso Cancelli" wines. The Fosso Cancelli bottles are made from the finest plots (generally old vines), crushed in a wooden basket press, fermented with native yeasts in old oak and/or amphora without temperature control and bottled entirely by hand. These moving and very fine wines are a culmination of her mission and passion, embodying everything that Vine Farmer humbly champions.
The Wine - Divus is the flagship wine of the estate; a versatile and classic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo that speaks clearly of its origins. Divus occupies a middle ground where the wine is not easy yet is not too austere or unapproachable. Even so, bottles from 2008 and 2005 were recently enjoyed, a testament to the overall quality of the wine. Divus comes from various plots planted as early as the 1970s and as recent as the early 2000s. Following fermentation in steel, the wine rests in old barriques and tonneau for 1 year.
May 2020 Check In - The 2016 Divus is a lovely wine for a variety of situations. A decant isn't needed but the wine happily gains in stature with air as it relaxes and unwinds a bit. It has solid concentration and a textural mouthfeel while remaining medium bodied, well balanced and refined. There is an earthy, graphite note that is highly typical of the Montepulciano grape. In the end, this wine is really unforced and graceful where its clear that this is the right grape married to its ideal terroir.