Saturday, December 22, 2007

Haven't Decided on a Christmas Day Wine Yet? How About Castelluccio's Ronco dei Ciliegi?

Just got back from a quick press trip to taste Sangiovese di Romagna, and I'll be writing up my impressions shortly. Many fine wines, and the area's wines are improving.

One that particularly impressed me is Castelluccio's Ronco dei Ciliegi, an IGT Forlì Rosso that's a Sangiovese in Purezza. The 2003 vintage is deep almandine ruby with cherry rim, and has rich bouquet with delicate red berry and cherry fruit deftly supported by cedar that stays firmly in the background. Beautiful balance and great depth. On the palate it's deft, with lively cherry fruit that gains depth from prunes and is supported by clean cherry acidity that flows into a clean berry fruit finish. A beautiful wine that seems simple; if you want to, you'll find all sorts of things to think about, though it has an easy seductive grace to it that will have you wondering where it went and wanting a second bottle.

The Happiest of Christmasses to all who celebrate it!

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