2018 Rosso Maniero, IGT Colli della Toscana Centrale, Casaloste, Panzano, Tuscany, Italy

Bright ruby coloured with aromas of wild strawberry and red cherry. The palate is generous, with great finesse and well judged tannins.

Grape Variety: 70% Sangiovese 15% Merlot 15 % Canaiolo

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2018 Rosso Maniero, IGT Colli della Toscana Centrale, Panzano, Tuscany, Italy

Bright ruby coloured with aromas of wild strawberry and red cherry. The palate is generous, with great finesse and well judged tannins.

Food Pairing

Pasta with Ragu. Wild Boar. Salami.

Producer Info

Casaloste is located towards the South of the Classico zone in the village of Panzano. The estate measures 19.5 hectares, of which 10 are planted to vineyards, the rest mostly to olives. Owned by Giovanni Batista d’Orsi, a qualified oenologist and agronomist, the vineyards here are organically farmed and certified by ICEA, an Italian organic farming guild.

This philosophy extends to the winemaking also, where care and gentle handling are the watchwords as Giovanni believes his wines are ‘essentially alive and like all living things need love to survive’. Only French oak is used for ageing and yields are very low here.

What’s Behind The Name?

Among the IGT wines (typical geographical indication), Fattoria Casaloste in some vintages bottles the Rosso Maniero. The name is the homage that Giovanni B. D’Orsi wanted to do at the ancient military school of Naples “Nunziatella” who saw him as a student from 1974 to 1978. This wine (mainly composed of Sangiovese grapes and a blend of other corporate grape varieties red), expresses all the youthful and youthful spirit but at the same time rigorous and respectful of traditions, as well as the School that for over 200 years resides in Pizzofalcone, in the heart of Naples. This Military School, commissioned by the Borboni of Naples, was founded in 1787 by General Giuseppe Parisi with the aim of forming the ruling class and the future officers of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. His motto “Prepare for life and weapons” embodies the sacrifice and willingness of groups of students whose stories have contributed to the luster and development of Italy.

Take a peek inside the Casaloste vineyard here and find out what they are all about.

Regional Info

Colli della Toscana Centrale is a key Italian IGT title which covers, as its name implies, the hills (‘colli’) of central Tuscany. Wines marketed under the title can be red, white or rosé in color, and still, sparkling, dry or sweet in style. In practice, the majority are dry red wines made from the classic Tuscan varieties (most obviously Sangiovese), in combination with internationally famous French grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

The area covered by this IGT title is relatively large (particularly when compared to the
neighbouring Alta Valle della Greve IGT zone), and spreads into five of the provinces that make up the Toscana region. The landscape in this area is, by definition, classic Tuscany:rolling, vineyard-lined hills disappearing into the hazy distance, marked occasionally by a neat row of cypress trees or pink- roofed town. The same is true of the climate, which gives warm, bright sunny days throughout the summer, but a cold, harsh winter.

The hills known as the colli della Toscana centrale form the main production area for Chianti. It is not surprising, then, that many Colli della Toscana Centrale wines bear more than a passing resemblance to this, Italy’s most famous red wine. As is the case with the Alta Valle della Greve zone, a number of local producers use the IGT category’s stylistic flexibility to experiment with variations on the region’s traditional, long-established styles. A good example of this is the blending of Merlot and/or Syrah (neither of which is permitted for use in Chianti) with Sangiovese. These are the wines the growers would like to produce as ‘Chianti’, were the Chianti DOC rules more relaxed.

The producers who feature Colli della Toscana Centrale wines in their portfolio are a comprehensive mixture of co-operatives (both large and small), small-scale boutique wineries and the region’s bigger, better-known producers. Prices and quality vary greatly too; the title’s cheapest wines can be bought for just a few euros, but the most respected bottlings fetching well over $100 on the United States market.

Refreshingly, a few white wines are produced under this red-dominated appellation. These are based on Chardonnay or Vernaccia. The former needs no introduction, but the latter is, significantly, the grape behind Tuscany’s only DOCG-quality white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

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