Massa Derthona Cru Montecitorio
Marl and chalk soils. Palazzo Montecitorio is the palace in Rome where the Italian Chamber of Deputies (more or less our House of Representatives) meets. An elder contadino in Monleale used to say with a mock-prideful air when he was going to work the vineyard that he was “going to Montecitorio”. Montecitorio is from a cooler site, and in its first vintage (2010) appears to produce wines that fall in between Costa del Vento and Sterpi — i.e., more mineral than the former and richer than the latter.