The classic Ciro’ is red, which in the reserve version has the capacity to age beyond a decade from certain vintages. There is also a rosato to drink young and a bianco from Greco grapes that shows impressive youthful freshness.
Recent experiments have also shown unexpected class in the ancient Magliocco variety for red wines, as well as convincing style with Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Sauvignon also show promise in Calabria’s hills. Among the whites, the rare Greco di Bianco stands out as an exquisite but increasingly rare sweet wine.
From a local variety of Greco grown near the Ionian coast at the town of Bianco, it has a rich, vel- vety texture and an intriguing citrus-like bouquet. The nearly identical Greco di Gerace is a non-DOC wine that carries the ancient place name. From the same area comes Mantonico di Bianco, a Sherry-like amber wine with hints of almond and citrus in bouquet and flavor.
VINEYARD: 30 year old bushvines [Alberello] in Ciro’ Marina, dry farmed and hand-pruned. 5.000 vines x Ha. Loose, sandy soil rich in iron over volcanic chalk. 100% Gaglioppo.
WINEMAKING: Grapes are handpicked at the end of September and fermented into red wine in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature with selected yeasts; maceration last for 2
weeks. The wine ages for 12 months in French oak tonneaux