L'Hirondelle Club of Ruxton clubhouse



On Wednesday, October 24, L’Hirondelle will host Filippo Antonelli, the proprietor of Antonelli. Antonelli wines are made exclusively from grapes grown on the family’s 170-hectare estate, Antonelli San Marco, located within Montefalco's DOCG region—the highest classification awarded to Italian wines.
The 40 hectares under vine are characterized by hilly slopes rich in clay, limestone and fossil deposits that contribute to the intense and varied tones to the grapes. Sagrantino and Sangiovese are the main red varietals, but Montepulciano, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon are also grown. Their whites are Grechetto and Trebbiano
Antonelli wines are universally feted. Of Antonelli’s 2012 Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, The Wine Advocate raved: “The bouquet is dense and syrupy with blackberry preserves, dried cherry, dried plum and prune. The mouthfeel is rich with a slightly gritty or granular texture. The finish is long, determined and firm.” The Wine Spectator glowingly described Antonelli’s 2015 Trebbiano Spoletino, Trebium, Umbria IGT as “…a sleek white, showing racy acidity to the flavors of poached pear, lemon curd, almond skin an fleur de sel, with a fresh finish.”
Not least among the evening’s charms will be Filippo himself, the charismatic patriarch whose forbearer, Francesco Antonelli, bought the estate in 1881. It has been in the family ever since. In addition to explaining Antonelli’s time-honored approach to winemaking—their vinification and racking process employs gravity instead of pumps—Filippo will describe each of the wines we will be sampling that evening, along with the year each was produced.