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Cirò (Italy)

Cirò DOC is a red wine from Calabria in southern Italy.

It is made from 80% Gaglioppo grapes.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Cherry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Red Currant
Red
Currant
Rose
Roses

Oak added Flavors:

Coffee
Coffee
Spices
Spices
Tobacco
Tobacco
Leather
Leather

Red Berry flavors are typical for Gaglioppo, with hints of Earth and Flowers.

Profile

Gaglioppo is called the Barolo of the South because it tends to be full Bodied with high Tannins.

BODYFull
TANNINSMedium - High
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Pasta
Pasta
Salami
Salami
Pizza
Pizza
Hamburger
Hamburger
Sausages
Sausages
Ham
Ham
Pork
Pork
Red Meat
Red Meat

Gaglioppo pairs best with Spicy Salami and Roasted Meat.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Porchetta (Slowly Roasted Pork).
Pasta Bolognese. Risotto. Lasagne.
Meat Balls. Pizza. Hamburger.
Pork. Lamb. Beef. BBQ. Stew. Game.

Cheese:
Mature Cheeses. Parmesam. Grana Padano. Manchego.
Local Cheeses. Pecorino Calabro (Sheep Cheese).

Calabria Specialities:
'Nduja (Spicy Salami). Cipolla Rossa di Tropea (Red Onion).

If You Like Cirò

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Barolo (Italy)
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Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a good bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

The Gaglioppo Grape

Gaglioppo is an indigenous grape from Calabria, used both in blends and in 100% varietal wines.

Local legend has it that Gaglioppo wine was used as celebratory wine of the Olympic Games 3000 years ago. In the Mexico City 1968 Olympics, the athletes were offered Gaglioppo wine with their meals during the competition.

The grape performs well in dry climates and the wines come in different styles: from lean reds similar to Pinot Noir, to bold reds similar to Barolo. Rosé are also very popular and quite dark.

Gaglioppo grape is naturally high in tannins, so the best red wines need aging (10 years or more) to reach the top quality level.

It is cultivated in the high altitudes, especially the mountains of Ciro' (Ionian Sea), thanks to the soils (mix of clay, sand and marl) and the cooler temperatures.

Calabria in a sunny, hot region and wine producers tend to harvest early to retain acidity and avoid the stewed, jammy taste.

Gaglioppo is DNA related to Sangiovese and Mantonico grapes.

Calabria

Calabria, on the Italian "toe", is separated from Sicilia by the Strait of Messina.

The Capital is Catanzaro.

Red Wines:

Cirò
Gaglioppo

Primary Grape:

50% Gaglioppo

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