Latium reds beyond the autochthonous
We propose two little known reds, one from Doc Atina and the other from the very recent Doc Roma: two different ways of interpreting the territory of Latium.
The region of Latium, from the point of view of red wines, until not many years ago focused its production mainly on sangiovese, cesanese and montepulciano, with concessions to nero buono and merlot (mainly brought by settlers from Veneto at the beginning of the last century). Since some years international varieties have been introduced: from cabernet (both sauvignon and franc) to grenache and syrah (the latter mainly in the Viterbo area).
The two wines we are presenting today are sons of this culture. The first one is produced in the frusinate area, precisely in Valle di Comino (south-eastern area of Latium), and it is an Atina Doc, a denomination which exalts the blend of international grapes both in the Rosso and in the Riserva. It would be wrong to think, however, that in this case we are dealing with modern attempts to bend a territory to foreign tastes: in the nineteenth century Pasquale Visocchi, a distinguished agronomist from Atina, introduced many French varieties, both white and red berried, which deeply transformed the ampelographic base of the area.
Atina Satur 2018 Cominium
91 j € 12,00
Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Matures 14 months in big barrels. Ruby red color. Aromas of fresh fruits, black currant and flowers. Good rich body but agile and dynamic, juicy, long and pleasant freshness.
Roma Rosso Mater Divini Amoris 2017 Capizucchi
91 j € 12,00
Blend of 65% Montepulciano and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Matures at least 6 months in third passage barriques. Dark ruby red color. Aromas of eucalyptus and spices, ripe red fruits, wildcherries and underbrush. Agile and smooth taste, nicely blended tannins and juicy and spicy finish.