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Statti Calabria Gaglioppo 2008

Other Red Wine from Calabria, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Ruby red. Intense aromas of cherry and spices. It is full, harmonious and elegant.A true expression of the territory it comes from. It pairs perfectly well with grilled meatand medium-aged cheeses. It can also be served lightly chilled (53-56F) with fish soup orrich seafood dishes.

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The 2008 Gaglioppo showcases one of the region’s most important indigenous varieties. This harmonious, unoaked red possesses tons of candied, perfumed cherries and flowers in a mid-weight yet deeply flavored style. It’s all harmony and class here. This is a wonderful effort from Statti. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2012. Statti is one of a handful of producers in Calabria making interesting wines.

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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.

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From Alabama to Wyoming, each of the fifty US states produces wine—with varying degrees of success. Many of the colder northeastern states focus primarily on American or French-American hybrid varieties like Concord and Vidal, while Muscadine is the grape species of the warm, humid southeast. In Alaska, grapes are grown indoors in a greenhouse; other states specialize in fruit wines, like the pineapple wine of Hawaii. New York and Virginia have thriving wine industries, and New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Idaho, and Ohio are all worth keeping an eye on.

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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