2007 Villa Matilde "Cecubo" Roccamonfina
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Cecubo is drop-dead gorgeous. An extraordinary, expressive bouquet leads to smoke, tar, game and incense nuances as the wine emerges from the glass. There is a slightly wild quality in the Cecubo that is highly appealing. Deceptively medium in body, the 2007 turns increasingly elegant over time, capturing a striking interplay of elegance and power. The wine’s inner perfume and silkiness are rare for wines of the south, especially in this price range. This is a stunning wine and an absolute steal from Villa Matilde. Cecubo is an unusual blend of 45% Abbuoto, 35% Primitivo and 20% Piedirosso. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022. Villa Matilde excels with a wide range of wines. The house style favors textural richness and depth. At times, varietal expression can take a bit of a back seat, but the wines more than compensate for that with their extraordinary personalitites. In particular, I found a number of the reds to be simply dazzling this year. Many of these wines are also great values.
Grown on the slopes of the extinct volcano Roccamonfina, this extraordinary and full-bodied red features the Abbruto, Primitivo, and Piedirosso grape varietals which were known to the region by the ancient Romans. A profile of plum, berries, tobacco, and anise are enriched by the distinct volcanic terroir. Grapes are hand-harvested from vineyards planted between 1976 and 2000, and vinification is carefully controlled to produce a wine of refinement and power. The wine is aged in 1/3 new French (Allier) oak before being bottled. Coming into its drinking window now, this wine will drink well and develop gracefully over the next ten years.