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Fattoria San Francesco Ciro Classico

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Winery Fattoria San Francesco
Grape Gaglioppo
Year 2009
Country Italy
Appellation Ciro

$21.00 per bottle

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This Calabrian offering showcases a little-known red grape, Gaglioppo, that yields firm, incredibly fragrant reds.
What You Need To Know
Calabria—the toe of the Italian boot—is one of Italy’s most rural and traditional regions. Its flagship wine is Cirò, a fragrant, robust red that comes from a small district on the Ionian coast of the same name. Cirò is made from Gaglioppo (gahl-YO-po), a grape variety that yields savory, tannic reds perfumed with notes of red fruits, roses and herbs. Light in color but high in tannin and alcohol, Cirò looks like an easy-drinking red but packs substantial structure. This example comes from Fattoria San Francesco, a winery founded in 1578 as a Jesuit monastery and owned for the last two-and-a-half centuries by the Siciliani family. Aged only briefly and without oak, it’s modern Gaglioppo at its purest.
Smell It
Smell It
An alluring mix of red cherry, roses and herbs.
Taste It
Taste It
Savory and firm, with ripe wild cherry, plum and mineral tones.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Gutsy seafood, pasta and meat dishes; aged hard cheeses.