Le Passule is a gorgeous passito dessert wine that offers sweet tones of honey, candied apricot and almond paste backed by a zesty touch of exotic spice. There’s enough heft and determination here to pair with aged cheese.
Le Passule opens with a golden-amber color and bright aromas of candied orange, apricot, honey and caramel. This pretty dessert wine from Calabria in southern Italy is made with air-dried Mantonico grapes (a local native variety).
Magno Megonio offers beautiful mineral notes behind a curtain of pulsing berry fruit and cola. This wine, made from the promising Magliocco grape, really does have character and exhibits fine winemaking in Calabria, a harsh and often overlooked region of southern Italy. Those drying minerals give the wine balance and persistency on the finish.
Duca San Felice Riserva is an historic wine that highlights the potential of winemaking in Calabria (the toe of the boot of Italy) and its native Gaglioppo grape. There’s elegance here in the wine’s ruby color and bright berry nuance. But there’s also power in terms of the wine’s intensity and length.
This complex but modern blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Gaglioppo features plenty of toasty oak, red berries and vanilla with a honeyed overlay that’s akin to maple syrup. The fruit turns darker in the mouth, developing blueberry and blackberry flavors. A long, tangy finish bodes well for short-term (2–4 years) aging.
A “super Calabria” blend of Gaglioppo and Cabernet Sauvignon, Gravello delivers savory notes of leather, dried berry, spice and cured meat. There’s a touch of sour cherry on the tasty, rich finish.
Made with a blend of Gaglioppo and Cabernet Sauvignon, this bold “super Calabrian” wine offers a bright ruby color with aromas of small berry and Indian spice. There’s power, determination and chewy softness here, although this is not an overtly dense or extracted wine.
The mix in this deep, ruby purple- colored wine is 60% Gaglioppo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The structure is of good weight, and is round and finely balanced. Initially reticent with its aromatics, after breathing, the wine opens with a deep cherry, dry fruit and woody bouquet. The flavors continue into the long finish where earthy nuances then appear. This one…