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Occhipinti Caldera Lazio Rosso 2011


Synopsis, Our Opinion: Savory wine made from indigenous Italian grapes that was a real treat.

Producer/Winery: Andrea Occhipinti; Azienda Agricola Occhipinti; Gradoli, Italy.

Grape Variety: Grechetto Rosso.

Geographic Appellation: Lazio, Italy.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $21.60 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Pasta with lamb & beef meatballs, homemade roasted tomato sauce with bell pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese and a garden salad.

Tasting:

    Opened 45-minutes before drinking. Clear, but just off opaque, pale garnet color with a brown tint and a lighter rim. Noteworthy cherry, damp earth and apple blossom aromas. Smooth entry, medium body and a rather course 150-grit texture. Lots of ripe cherry, raspberry and plum flavors, lively acidity and gobs of grippy tannins that all culminate in a long VERY FRESH and spicy finish. WOW, a little rustic, well balanced and delicious Italian red that’s similar to Sangiovese, but with a little more body. Outstanding paired with the red sauce, but equally as good sipping after the meal. Savory wine made from indigenous Italian grapes that was a real treat.

Andrea Occhipinti in his vineyard overlooking Lake Bolsena in Central Italy
Photo from Jan D'Amore Wines.

Comments: Learn more about Andrea Occhipinti and his wines.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: None Available.

Imported by: Jan D’Amore Wines; Brooklyn, New York.