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The Winebow Group

Cirò Rosso Classico DOC 2010


Wine Description

This wine is made entirely from Gaglioppo, the most important variety from the heart of the Cirò appellation. Ionian sea breezes and higher elevations cool these southern vineyards, effectively slowing the ripening process. Cirò Rosso is fermented and aged for eight months in stainless steel tanks to preserve the wine's fresh, youthful character.

Tasting Notes

Don’t let the pale garnet color fool you:  this is a substantial wine.  Aromas of red fruits and spice complement undertones of cranberries, wild berries, and plums.  On the palate, ripe tannins and good body make for an incredibly rich, yet easygoing red wine.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with sausage, spicy curry sauces, hot soppressata, and tandoori chicken.

  • Vineyard & Production Info

    • Production area/appellation: Cirò DOC
    • Vineyard size: 20 acres
    • Soil composition: Calcareous and Clay-Loam
    • Training method: Bush
    • Elevation: 0-330 feet
    • Vines/acre: 5,000
    • Yield/acre: 3.2 tons
    • Exposure: Various
    • Harvest time: September-October
    • First vintage of this wine: 1955
    • Bottles produced of this wine: 800,000
  • Winemaking & Aging

    • Varietal composition: 100% Gaglioppo
    • Fermentation container: Stainless steel tanks
    • Length of alcoholic fermentation: 10 days
    • Fermentation temperature: 79-86 °F
    • Maceration technique: Pumpovers
    • Length of maceration: 12-15 days
    • Malolactic fermentation: Yes
    • Type of aging container: Stainless steel tanks
    • Length of aging before bottling: 8 months
    • Length of bottle aging: 6 months
  • Analytical Data

    • Alcohol: 13.0 %
    • pH level: 3.6
    • Residual sugar: 5.2 g/L
    • Acidity: 2.0 g/L
    • Dry extract: 28.7 g/L