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Corte dei Papi Cesanese del Piglio Colle Ticchio 2016

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    Ruby red in color tending to garnet with age. The bouquet on the nose is characterized by notes of ripe fruits, like blackberry, dark cherry and plum, with a hint of herbaceous. On the palate medium-bodied wine, with good balance and light tannins. Nice, long, rich finish.

    A great wine to enjoy throughout the meal: perfect as an aperitif with cold cuts and medium aged cheese. Excellent companion of pasta dishes, beef steak and roasted meat.

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    Corte dei Papi, Italy
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    Corte dei Papi is inspired by the symbolism and the accuracy of the floor of the Cathedral of Anagni, made by the "Cosmati" – a Roman family of artists who became famous for the beauty of their mosaics in the twelfth century.

    The two concepts - symbolism and accuracy - are the core of the winery's philosophy: on one hand they want to collect the inheritance of a millennial tradition, on the other they want to make it perfect carefully using the modern tools at their disposal, thus mixing ancient techniques and modern technologies.

    Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture that is virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes are grown just about everywhere throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The defining geographical feature of the country is the Apennine Mountain range, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south. The island of Sicily nearly grazes the toe of Italy’s boot, while Sardinia lies to the country’s west. Climate varies significantly throughout the country, with temperature being somewhat more dependent on elevation than latitude, though it is safe to generalize that the south is warmer. Much of the highest quality viticulture takes place on gently rolling, picturesque hillsides.

    Italy boasts more indigenous varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but their use is declining in popularity, especially as younger growers begun to take interest in rediscovering forgotten local specialties. Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in the country, reaching its greatest potential in parts of Tuscany. Nebbiolo is the prized grape of Piedmont in the northwest, producing singular, complex and age-worthy wines. Other important varieties include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course, Pinot Grigio.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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