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Medium Bodied
Bottle, 750 ml
Serve At:
50°-54° F
Italy > Lazio > Cori

Cincinnato is a COOP that specializes in organic farming of ancient Roman varietals.
Bellone is an ancient Roman grape that produces fruity yet elegant wine, great for vegetables and light seafood.

Cincinnato is a COOP founded in 1947 based in Cori outside of Rome. They are mostly certified organic and all care about their land and the grapes they grow. Because they are all small farmers, the ability to pool their resources for bottling and marketing, makes it possible for small growers to get these unknown ancient varietals into our hands here in the US! This is the kind of COOP we are proud to work with!

Lazio is located in central Italy, bordering Tuscany to the north, Campania to the south, Abruzzo to the east and Umbria to the northeast. The volcanic hills provide an excellent base for viticulture thanks to the fertile and porous (well-drained) land. Nourishment for the grapes is provided by lava and tufa soils, rich in potassium. This type of soil is particularly suited to white grapes as it ensures a good balance of acidity. The proximity of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west is also important; cool sea breezes temper the drier, warmer temperatures on the coast, while the mountainous area is subject to various macroclimates despite being protected by the Apennines from the cold winds coming from the northeast.

The region's reputation is mainly based on its white wines, the mainstays being Trebbiano and Malvasia di Candia. Traditionally these wines were fat, rounded and made for immediate consumption. Today the styles are lighter, drier and crisper thanks to modern vinification methods. However they are still designed for drinking young, characterized by their sharpness, high acidity and a lightness that makes them an ideal accompaniment to the local cuisine – they cut through the heaviness of these dishes, such as porchetta (pork roasted with herbs) and abbacchio (young lamb). Although its red wines are not as high profile, they are beginning to make a name for themselves, especially those made from Sangiovese, Cesanese, Montepulciano, Merlot and Nero Buono di Coro. Also of note are Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo; in total, there are more than 200 grape varieties in the area.

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