2011 Sportoletti "Villa Fidelia" Rosso

SKU #1258186 93 points James Suckling

 A bright and fresh red with stone, currant and violet aromas and flavors. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Sassicaia of Umbria. Drink now.  (7/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 he 2010 Villa Fidelia Rosso is a hearty blend of Merlot (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc that is aged in French oak for 12 months. This is a deep and penetrating wine that boasts enormous richness and inky black concentration. The bouquet shows similar weight and persistence with dark spice, dried cherry, blackberry preserves and Teriyaki smoke. This is a wine of enormous depth and power. 92+ Points (ML)  (3/2016)

Share |
Price: $19.99
Quantity:
Add To Waiting List

Real Time Inventory by location:

The item you have chosen is not in stock in our retail stores or within our main warehouse.

Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup. For a detailed explanation click here.

Product Reviews:

Add your own review of this item

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2016 | Send Email
This is dense and concentrated with a depth of blackberry fruit, ripe cherry flavors, earthy nuances and hints of smoke. Although mostly Merlot, this dry wine tastes more like Cabernet Sauvignon or a top-notch Bordeaux but with unmistakable Italian character to the long, dusty finish. From the mineral-laced aromas to the fine and embedded tannins this is a classy and sophisticated bottling.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
Made from predominantly Merlot with lesser amounts of Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, the Sportoletti "Villa Fidelia" is a full-bodied mouthful of flavorful black fruit with intriguing notes of minerals, leather and licorice. It's not often we come across Bordeaux style blends this good at this price, so we took full advantage of the offer and hope you'll do the same while our supply lasts. Simply outstanding.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
OK, and now for something completely different from me: “SUPER TUSCAN”! Villa Fidelia Rosso is from Umbria and is composed of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (percentages will change with vintage). This 2011 is very user friendly and drinks well now: on the palate, flavors of black cherry and plum, leather, tobacco and soft floral notes blend with medium-bodied tannins. The Cab gives this a backbone that you feel, also a smoky vanilla from well-integrated French oak; needs an hour or so decanting time.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
Super Umbrian, it is a thing. This Bordeaux inspired blend is rich and with supple tannins, lots of chocolate covered cherry notes, spice and a mineral tone.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2016 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is profound, rich, cassis like fruit, compact and complex with delicate hints of leather and earth. On the palate the flavors expand, and while opening one sees the intensity of fruit character, so saturated, really impressive while texturally the wine has a real concentration, power and smooth, supple nature. The finish develops the complexity of the fruit even more and bits of tannic structure let you know this wine is going to be around for awhile. Outstanding performer for the price, I can hardly believe this wine is less than $20!
Drink from 2016 to 2025

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Umbria