Castello di Torre in Pietra, Cesanese "Terre di Breccia", Lazio, Italy 2020
VIOLET FRUIT, BALSAMICO & RYE, SUPPLE & BRIGHT
The ancient Via Aurelia that runs behind Filippo Antonelli’s estate may have all but vanished into the sprawl of Rome, but thanks to his and Lorenzo Majnoni’s efforts, the venerable Cesanese grape will not. The south-facing hill of Breccia is the perfect spot for the late-ripening variety to reclaim its reputation and express its savory balsamic edge, ripe cherry, and a tannic structure that even Roman road-builders would envy. Fiercely feast-friendly!
Serving Suggestions: Garganelli w/ lamb-neck sugo & pecorino. Shredded turkey thigh on toasted pumpernickel w/ peppery arugula, mozzarella di bufala & alfalfa sprouts. Porcini bruschetta w/ thyme & garlic.