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2019 Ciliegiolo, Tenuta Aquilaia

2019 Ciliegiolo, Tenuta Aquilaia
ref. AQUI190 SUM21

Wine Variety: Ciliegiolo is a red grape variety which is in decline in Italy. One of the permitted grapes in Chianti, there are now several excellent examples of mono-varietal Ciliegiolo found in Umbria and Tuscany. The name is derived from the Italian word for cherry, which hints at this grape's aromatic and flavour profile.

Wine Region: The Maremma is a strip of coastal land that stretches from southern Tuscany into Lazio. Until the early 20th century and its draining, the Maremma was a swampy, malaria-riddled and backward land. The renowned wine Sassicaia comes from Bolgheri, which is part of the Maremma, as is Scansano, from where comes this wine.

Wine Producer: The 40 hectare Tenuta Aquilaia estate was recently acquired by Azienda Uggiano. Situated in Maremma (southern Tuscany) close to Scansano, in the province of Grosseto. With an average age of ten years, the vineyards produce five red grape varieties: Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Alicante, Merlot and Petit Verdot; plus white varieties Vermentino and Chardonnay. The area was an old Etruscan settlement and site of ancient winemaking, and several mementos of the Etruscan era are still visible.

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£81.00
Style
Style:
Red - full-bodied
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Ciliegiolo
  Producer
Producer:
Tenuta Aquilaia
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
20°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
14%
  Country
Country:
Italy
  Appellation
Appellation:
Maremma Toscana DOC
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2024
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Tuscany
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Medium-deep garnet. There’s a breadth to the nose that speaks of ripe fruit. That fruit is red, largely cherry. And there’s a wisp of something herbal here: sage, perhaps. Smoke and spice. Liquorice. Rich in the mouth. Quite dry from the rich tannin that runs throughout. That tannin is ripe and really quite meaty. You want some food with this. Then, much later, a clear voice of pure red fruit forces its way through. Despite its ripeness and heft, it also offers quite lively acidity. It’s an assertive mouthful, lasting, requiring meaty food.

#3wordtastingnote: ripe, cherry, rich

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