Italian Heat: Recommendations From One Of Rome’s Hottest Wine Influencers
Tuscany ain’t the only game in town when it comes to exceptional Italian wine, peeps. Sure, you have your treasured legacy of Chianti Classicos and Barberas, but the country has SO much to offer in the way of under-the-radar grapes that will knock your socks off.
So let’s talk about the excellent wines of Lazio, the region that hosts Rome a.k.a. the Eternal City. In order to get the best possible insight, we turned to Andrea Zigrossi. Andrea is a bonafide Roman and certified sommelier. Who better than him to advise us on the beautiful wines of his city?
Here’s the scoop from Andrea:
Well first of all, when we talk about Lazio, we talk about two grapes: Bellone for white wine and Cesanese for red wine. These are the native grapes of the area. I suggest two good wines with each of these grapes, as well as another wine that absolutely deserves to be tasted:
This winery is located in Cori, an ancient town situaded 56 km south of Rome, about 400 meters above sea level on ancient territory. The grape of Capolemole is 100% Bellone and fermented in stainless steel. The color is light yellow, with floral and fruity scents. In addition to being an incredible value for the money, it is the simplicity of this wine that surprises me. You know from the first moment the great love and work that is behind this wine.
The Pileum family’s soil grows in the hills of Piglio, a territory of excellence within Cesanese. The vineyards are between 220 and 980 meters s.l.m. with a variable slope. Bolla di Urbano is the best wine in the region with this grape (100% Cesanese). Grape harvesting is manual and maceration is 20 days long. The fermentation is malolactic, refining 24 months in barrels and 6 months in bottle. With a ruby red color, the taste is rich and very concentrated with spicy and fruity notes, as well as soft and velvety tannins.
The composition of the soil of the vineyards at Tenuta di Fiorano is volcanic due to the nearby Latium Volcano. The winery’s Fiorano Rosso is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Grapes. It has a bright, intense ruby color with medium concentration. Particular notes of tar, with balsamic notes of blueberry create extraordinary elegance. Full-bodied wine with fine tannins. No doubt it is a very particular wine to taste.
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