Caparra & Siciliani – Solagi Ciro Rosso 2013
Caparra & Siciliani – Solagi Ciro Rosso 2013 | Bottle Price: $16.99 | Case Price: $183.49
Located deep in southern Italy’s region of Calabria (the “toe” of Italian map), the Ciro DOC is considered one of the oldest named wines in the world, with a winemaking history stretching back thousands of years. This is the Gaglioppo grape. Like many of Italy’s ancient varieties, the origin of Gaglioppo is a subject of debate. Many believe it was brought to Southern Italy by the Greeks around the same time as Aglianico, and was the celebratory drink of the Olympic Games some 3,000 years ago. In Ciro, Gaglioppo vines are grown at high altitudes to protect them against the hot southern Italian climate.
The “Solagi” is produced in the traditional way and refined in steel vats and oak casks. It is a rusty burgundy color in the glass. It gives off enticing aromatics of orange peel, cherry pit, cigar wrappings and mulberry. On the palate it offers mossy but bright cranberry, cherry, and pomegranate fruit. It finishes spicy and earthy. It is fruity, but the structure is sturdy with persisting fine grain tannins. A very interesting Beauty and the Beast effect. It’s a good partner with meaty chicken thighs with plenty of herbs. Try our recipe for Provencal Roasted Chicken.
“Solagi” is located in the territory of Cirò Marina, where an ancient tower stands. This small fortress, built during the swabian-angioin period, functioned as a lookout and was used to warn the local inhabitants of imminent dangers giving them time to take shelter.