2011 Cantine Viola "Rosso Viola" Calabria (Previously $23)

SKU #1145480 Jancis Robinson

 Magliocco. Deep ruby with the beginning of orange on the nose. Pretty nose of oak and leafy fruit and already a little mature. Still a bit closed on the fruit on the palate and the tannins and acidity make it a little austere. Long perfumed finish with hints of oak. (WS)  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

The 2011 Cantine Viola Rosso is 100% Magliocco from Calabria, and sees no wood aging at all, just fermentation in stainless steel and then bottle age. The wine’s aromatics are untamed; it smells of wild brush and roasted meats and while those aromatics are profound they seem to drift side to side at the rim of the glass rather then bursting forth. On the palate the wine spreads and flows, and its luscious texture is highlighted with spikes of smoky intrigue guided by a gently caressing tannic border. I recently made a lamb stew that was based on a caponata (eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red peppers, onion, capers and kalamata olives) and this wine embraced that combination of flavors like nothing I’ve experienced lately. The smoky meatiness of the Magliocco grape combines so well with the earthiness of the eggplant. I highly recommend the pairing! (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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