This year I tasted the entire range from Lungarotti. The estate continues to excel with the wines that built the estate’s name. The rationale for producing Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay in Umbria escapes me, while the wines from Montefalco remain works in progress. "
Lungarotti Rubesco 2007
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The color is a lovely and brilliant ruby red with violet hues. The bouquet: intense and elegant with sweet spices, cinnamon and pepper; pleasant red fruit and black cherry on the finish with hints of sweet tobacco. On the palate is solid structure, harmonious and supported by a fresh acidity; persistent flavor of red fruits with long, austere tannins on the finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Rubesco (Sangiovese, Canaiolo) is a lovely offering laced with juicy red berries, flowers and spices. The soft, caressing fruit leads to an elegant, classy finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012.
Wine Enthusiast - "This is a mostly Sangiovese-based wine that shows special territorial characteristics of Umbria in central Italy. The fruit is lively, bright and fresh tones of wild berries make this a versatile and food-friendly choice."
Created by Dott. Giorgio Lungarotti in 1962, the Lungarotti Winery has built its reputation on a legacy of firsts in Italian winemaking. Lungarotti’s Torre di Giano and Rubesco wines were the first wines from Umbria, and some of the first in Italy to, in 1968, be granted DOC status. In 1990, the single-vineyard Rubesco Riserva “Vigna Monticchio” achieved DOCG status. In the 1970s, Teresa Severini Lungarotti became Italy’s first women enologist, and, having joined her father upon graduation from the University of Perugia, is the chief enologist at the Lungarotti Winery. In 1998, Giorgio’s youngest daughter, Chiara, graduated with her degree in agriculture and has taken charge of the viticulture program at Lungarotti. The Lungarotti sisters are a dedicated winemaking team, who continue their father’s proud legacy, leading the Umbrian wine industry in quality and innovation. View all Lungarotti Wines
About Southern ItalyView a map of Southern Italy wineries Abruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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