Efeso is made from 100% Mantonico, one of the many indigenous grape varieties of Calabria that were cultivated for centuries before almost disappearing completely. Librandi is dedicated to recovering these historic grapes, of which Mantonico is one of the most important. Efeso (Ephesus) was the name of the Greek colony located in Turkey where the Librandi family believes the Mantonico grape originated.
The grapes are hand-harvested in October from vineyards in the Rocca di Neto and Casabona areas. Malolactic conversion is completed in both new and used barriques to add extra roundess and texture. Efeso is then refined in barrique for an additional eight months.
Vibrant gold in color, the Efeso displays layered aromas and flavors of stone and tropical fruits with notes of almonds and honey. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, rich, flavorful, and mouth-filling with a zesty acidity, incredible depth and a long finish.
Pair this wine with grilled tuna, roasted poultry, orange glazes, and wild rice pilaf.