This wine is a light-weight purple, with a pleasing quantity of depth to it. I can’t assist being influenced by the title of the grape which refers to cherry flavors in addition to the form of the grapes. The wine is brilliant, not too cherry-fruity, and wonderful to sip by itself earlier than dinner. It additionally has a certain quantity of umami in its character so strive pairing it with sun-dried tomatoes and different savory, even smoky flavors.

Ciliegiolo is an indigenous grape of Italy. Its cultivation had dwindled alarmingly till the current return to authenticity in agriculture. Now extra ciliegiolo is being grown on the nice and cozy hillsides within the Maremma a part of Tuscany.

Within the Maremma, grapes on the Sassotondo vineyard have been organically grown since 1994. The vineyard is a member of the Volcanic Wines Affiliation, which highlights the contribution of present and historic volcanoes to the soil the place the grapes are grown. This terroir is clear within the minerality that teases the nostril and palate, as soon as the wine has opened and developed within the glass, a couple of minutes after being poured.

Don’t hesitate to sit back the wine a bit, particularly on sizzling days.

WHO: Sassotondo

WHERE: Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

WHAT: 100% Ciliegiolo

HOW MUCH: $15 

RATING: 90