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Wine of the week: 2014 Librandi Ciro Rosso Classico



Calabria, Italy

Retail $11-$14

Big, bold barolos and barbarescos from the north and super Tuscans from Tuscany may be the best known Italian red wines, but there also are lighter styles, like this wine from Calabria. Wine has been cultivated in Italy's southern tip for thousands of years, and Calabria has 12 Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) regions, with the Ciro DOC producing its flagship wine. Ciro vineyards' proximity to the Mediterranean Sea helps the vines cope with the region's summer heat. The term "classico" on the label indicates superior grapes were used. This bottling uses all gaglioppo grapes, which are likely descendants of the sangiovese grape. Hand-harvested grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks for 10 days, underwent five days of maceration and matured before bottling. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of red berries and baking spice. On the palate, taste cherry, raspberry, a touch of minerality and well-balanced acidity. Drink it with roast pork, venison, sausages, spaghetti bordelaise and grits and grillades. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar & Market, Acquistapace's. Drink it at: Herbsaint, Sac-A-Lait, Ristorante del Porto and Marcello's in New Orleans and Metairie.

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