Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Arnaldo Caprai Poggio Belvedere 2005 IGT

This Umbrian red is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% *Ciliegiolo, fermented and macerated on the skins for 10-15 days, then aged in stainless steel tanks for 4 months and in bottle for 2.

Showing deep ruby violet colors, with matching violets expressed again in the flavor profile, Belvedere displays a full bodied texture, where aromas reflect vibrant spices and red berries. What follows is a fresh, fruity wine with hints of herbs and incense.

*Ciliegiolo, named for the Italian "cherry", is used in Chianti blending, and may well be a parent grape of Sangiovese. Being a grape that's not so easy to grow, it's production has been on the decline. It's not clear whether it originated in Italy or Spain.

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