Librandi Gravello 2018

This is a "Super Calabrian" wine made from the indigenous Gaglioppo and international Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Gravello is a fantasy name, but "grave" in Italian means "serious" and "important," which is a reference to the complexity and sophistication of this wine.  The suffix of "-ello" makes this meaning a bit lighter, as the wine is accessible and drinking beautifully right now.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, Gravello is intensely aromatic with notes of blackberry, ripe cherry, coffee, and cassis.  On the palate, it is rich with velvety tannins and a persistent finish.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with grilled game, Mornay sauces, Chateaubriand, and duxelles-stuffed filet mignon.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Val di Neto IGT
Vineyard name
Strongoli and Rosaneti Vineyards
Vineyard size
50 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation
0-330 feet
Vines/acre
2,000
Yield/acre
2.6 tons
Exposure
Various
Total SO2
110
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1988
Bottles produced of this wine
55,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
60% Gaglioppo, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New-One year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 days
Fermentation temperature
79-86 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
12-15
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
8 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
15.5 %
pH level
3.76
Residual sugar
1 g/L
Acidity
4.9 g/L
Dry extract
33.9 g/L

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