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.
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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For more info go to the winery website at www.tenutadelconte.it
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