Monday, March 22, 2010

2007 Tenuta del Conte “Ciró” Rosso Classico Superiore D.O.C Calabria Italy

2007 Tenuta del Conte "Ciró" Rosso Classico Superiore Calabria Italy

Tenuta del Conte, estate bottled by Azienda Agricola Parrilla Francesco, is located in “Cirò Marina (KR)”, a little village in the northeastern part of Calabria, the most southern part of Italy (also known as “the front part of the Italian boot”), about 38 kilometers north of Crotone.

Tenuta Del Conte vineyards, managed by Francesco Parilla, tempered by the Ionian Sea, extend to reach the sinuous hills and the shining plains of Cirò marina. Calabria, which was once called “Enotria” by the ancient Greek, has always been a vine growing and winemaking region with wine roots dating back to the 8th century B.C.

The vines of Tenuta del Conte were planted between 1960 and 1965 with the native grapes “Gaglioppo” and “Greco bianco”. Harvests are gradual and usually only start when the grapes reach ideal maturity. The vinification and fermentation processes take place through synergy between traditional process and state of the art innovative technology to preserve all the qualities of the fruit and produce the most authentic wine possible without too much human or oak interference. Weather conditions, due to the geographical exposure and the influence of the near by Ionian Sea, make the resulting wines tasteful and often characterized by unique, Terroir oriented flavors.

2007 Tenuta del Conte “Ciró” Rosso Classico Superiore D.O.C
Suggested retail price $10-$13
Imported/Distributed by Domenico Valentino in NYC

Made from carefully harvested 100% Gaglioppo grapes, the fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature, then the wine, once bottled, spent another 7 months of refinement period in the bottle and was released ready to drink on the market. The color is quite full and dark ruby red. The nose boasts aromas of cherry, black, current and other wild dark berries, intermingled with earthy notes. The palate has the same type of flavors, with balancing acidity and good tannic structure. Friendly and easy going, with ripe fruits and earthy tone, it is definitely a food wine to pair with game, grilled or roasted meat, cheese and, of course, specialty dish like Calabrian lamb chops cooked with bell peppers.


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  1. Wine book author and critic Carolyn Evans Hammond first fell in love with wine during her first trip to France many moons ago when she picnicked in the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone. Now she makes wine accessible with her witty and light approach to the topic.

    Carolyn’s latest book, Good Better Best Wines: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wine.

    Link to, writes "Cirò Rosso Classico Tenuta del Conte:
    The Europhile

    Those who love Europe often use wine to feel transported there. Want to experience a bit of Italy? Try, Tenuta Del Conte Ciro Rosso Classico Superiour 2008 (US$14/CAN$16—though from Calabria, Italy. It brims with red and black fruits, has an earthy undertow, and finishes with a note of black olive and tug of tannin. I didn’t include this one on the show because it’s not widely available.
    Best regardes

  2. The cellar Calabrese Tenuta del Conte is on the "Gold Guide Veronelli Wines 2011"
    The cellar Calabrese Tenuta del Conte is on the "Gold Guide Wines Veronelli of 2011."
    Here's the link
    Is a well-deserved recognition because it produces good wine Cirò.