Fruity & vibrant. Raspberry & tapanade.
Occhiorosso 2019 from Villa Calcinaia estate has a bright ruby colour.
On the nose it’s vibrant and fruity with raspberry and cherry. It has also a hearthy side with tapanade and fresh oregano.
The mouthfeel is fresh with chewy, elegant tannins.
On the palate the fruit is back mainly with raspberry. It’s rather sapid with a pleasant, toasty ending note.
The finish is long
A very rare grape Occhiorosso was discovered by Roberto Bandinelli, a professor at the University of Florence. Bandinelli found out about Occhiorosso thanks to an elderly lady, who showed him around some old vineyards.Link to here...
This is another historical estate south of Florence and just north of Greve in Chianti. It dates back to the 16th century and to these days it is still owned and run by the same family.
Its long history doesn’t stand on the way of progress though. At Villa Calcinaia they embraced organic viticulture since the early 1990s. It’s more, with the help of the University of Florence they discovered and revived an unknown, lost grape variety, Occhiorosso.
They now produce a single variety wine not only with Occhiorosso but with other rare grape varieties too, like Mammolo and Sanforte. That is on top of their wide range of Chianti Classico bottles of course!Link to here...