Lungarotti San Giorgio (Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese) 1988
Nose: warm, intense and persistent
Taste: a wine with a full body and solid structure, long in the mouth, rich and velvety
Aging potential: if kept properly, average life-span is over 30 years. Given the long period of bottle refinement, it requires decanting with a large carafe in order to sufficiently let the wine breathe.
Wine & food pairing: this wine is at its best when served with red meat roasts, game, aged spicy cheeses
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%
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.
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