Maria Ernesto and Francesco took over the family vineyard from their father after the 2009 harvest and wanted to shake things up a bit. So they decided to make a DOCG wine from their “Saint’s Hills” vineyard, which was planted in the 1960s and is rich in volcanic soil and clay. Before then, the family had only produced a few DOC and IGT wines, in addition to running a successful agriturismo and restaurant in the renovated Casa Massimi in Piglio. L’Onda (the Wave) is made from 50% Cesanese d’Affile and 50% Cesanese Comune, two different clones of the Cesanese grape. The wine spends ten months in large Slavonian oak barrels and two months in stainless steel before bottling. It’s beautifully rich with brambly berries and rhubarb, and hints of pink pepper and tobacco.