This week we stay in Lazio as our featured producer tastings continue
Casale della Ioria is a family-run estate located some 400 meters above sea level in Acuto, a small hilltop town near the town of Frosinone, around 30 miles south-east of Rome. This area is known as Ciociaria, and although no defined political borders exist its hills boast a long tradition of grape and olive growing, and in particular the local red variety Cesanese. For over twenty years, Casale della Ioria owner Paolo Perinelli has overseen every aspect of the process, from vineyard management and the sorting of fruit to the vinification and packaging of his wines.
A grape variety native to Lazio, Cesanese del Piglio is often blended with international varities. A DOC since 1973, earlier this year Cesanese del Piglio was granted DOCG status, a first for a Lazio appellation. According to Casale della Ioria’s Paolo Perinelli (who is also president of the producer’s association), 85 growers and 20 wineries will now be able to start making DOCG wines.
Rosso del Frusinate 2005
Paolo Perinelli’s Rosso del Frusinate is a blend of Cesanese, Merlot, and Cabernet. Where the Cesanese gives the wine its characteristic peppery notes and bright acidity, the Merlot and Cabernet impart rich fruit flavors, tannin, and warm mouthfeel. “With this wine,” says Paolo, “we have tried to create something more modern in style while respecting the traditions of our region.”
Casale della Ioria Tasting
Friday, September 19
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
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