Calabria, hot and dry, is not an immediately obvious landscape for high-quality grape growing. Most red wine grapes would be too easily cooked by the climate, producing wines that taste stewed and raisiny. This region requires a unique variety to handle the heat, one that performs well in drought conditions. Gaglioppo is the grape variety that flourishes in this special place and is the most important red wine grape in Calabria.
Gaglioppo wines are full-bodied, high in alcohol and tannins, with a need for considerable time in the bottle for them to soften their character.
The winery Fattoria San Francesco is nested in a XVI century monastery where vineyards and olive groves were planted.
The Ronco dei Quattroventi wine is a piece of history, obtained from 40+ year-old vines growing on pure white clay in an isolated and wild vineyard reachable only by off-road vehicles through a narrow and treacherous canyon.
Deep ruby red colour with hints of orangey tones. Intense and persistent, with wild berry flavours and a woody (boisée) note. Full bodied, intense and balanced, it shows solid though well-integrated and round tannins, with hints of raspberry, vanilla and roasted almonds, and a long, persistent finish.
Aged in small French durmast casks (barriques) for 12-14 months.
Already twelve time winner of the "5 Grappoli" best award assigned by the Italian Sommeliers Foundation, the Ronco dei Quattroventi also scooped a "Bronze Medal" at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards and it was rated 89/100 points by Robert Parker - Wine Advocate.
We are confident that the newly released 2016 vintage will also find favour with wine experts and professionals.
The best food pairings for Gaglioppo wines - besides red meat, game and seasoned cheese - include pasta with 'Nduja sauce as well as roasted Mediterranean vegetables.
Best served at 18-20 °C.
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