2011 Cantina Viola Rosso Viola

SKU #1145480

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 wineís 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 Iíve 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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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/7/2014  | Send Email
A very interesting wine, savory, with sage brush and black licorice candy, notes of vanilla bark, and a touch gamey. This wine would be great with the slow smoked coffee and cocoa rubbed ribs that we had for the fourth of July weekend!

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Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5