Even Ciliegiolo can age

by Livia Belardelli 08/23/16
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Anche il ciliegiolo sa invecchiare

Erratic  adj. (from the Latin erraticus. to wander). 1. Constantly changing, wandering, vagabond… In botany applied to plants and wild herbs that are not dependent on the substrata and can grow in different environments.

This adjective easily applies to Ciliegiolo, a grape the wine from which for a long time was relegated to blending with or ‘cutting’ other wines but that is now coming out into its own. It is a grape capable of interpreting territories, expressing itself in interesting ways in different places. In the Narni area of Umbria, for example, it produces an agile and fresh wine that is savory and rich, while to the north in Tuscany the wine acquires structure and texture. Given its chameleon-like nature, it is interesting to see how this former backup wine for Sangiovese can age, something that was made possible at a recent event dedicated to the wine in Narni where some relatively older vintages were presented.

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