Statti Calabria Arvino 2007
Other Red Blends from Southern Italy, Italy
Ruby red with purple highlights. It shows a nice complexity on the nose with intense aromas of cloves and spices. Lively, soft wine of good length and body. It is the ideal accompaniment to red meat, roasts, game and mature cheeses. "Arvino" is synonymous with Gaglioppo. Gaglioppo is the predominat red grape variety in Calabria. Possibly of Greek origin, it thrives in dry conditions and reaches high sugar levels which result in robust, if rarely subtle, wines.
Wine & Spirits - "The Statti family blends gaglioppo (locally known as arvino) with a little cabernet to fill out this rich, plummy red. It strikes a lovely balance of sweet and savory, the meatier elements gaining precedence as the wine takes on air. Think of it for cured sausages and other charcuterie."
t hasn’t taken long for Alberto and Antonio Statti to show that their initial success was no shot in the dark. An that their place in the top band of Calabrian producers is fully justified. The 500-hectare property is one of the largest in the region. Currently They have 55 hectares under vine but now that the new cellar is operational this is due to rise to 100 hectares. The Stattis are giving prominence to magliocco, gaglioppo, mantonico and greco bianco, a concentration on indigineous varieties that shows far-sighted thinking. Consultancy comes form two Sicilian oenologists, Nicola Bambina and Vincenzo Centonze, and to judge by the wines, their skills are equally effective either side of the Straits of Messina.
The idea is to combine tradition and innovation into the production of high quality wines. Alberto and Antonio Statti are the fourth generation of a family of farmers who have always felt a great link to the land and territory. Some vines were grafted from areas of the property and replanted in other areas that were considered more suitable to vine-growing. The plains around Lamezia Terme have one of the longest lasting traditions when it come to winemaking in Calabria: it can easily be compared to the Ciro’ area. "Our goal is to improve this great territory that has huge potential", says Alberto Statti. View all Statti 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.