Calanco: I.G.T. Umbria rosso
About The Wine
Calanco represents a blend of Sangiovese with the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, much like the famous ‘Super Tuscans’ of the Tuscany region that is just slightly to the north of Orvieto.
In the words of the owners of Le Velette, Calanco represents:
… the aristocratic elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon combined with the authenticity of the Sangiovese in a match that is stunning for its style and depth. This wine is the fruit of an ongoing process to reach ever more convincing results in the search for a wine that will outlast fashion and market trends. A wine that is appreciated not only for what it gives but above all for what it is, a concentration of the commitment, passions and hopes of our people who have not only contributed to its fullness and elegance but have given it a unique and rare conceptual depth.
Calanco’s colour is a deep ruby red with purple tints. On the nose, it has scents of red fruits, red currants, raspberries and bilberries along with a bouquet of spicy and balsamic notes. The taste is intense and elegant, and the typical Cabernet spiciness becomes a gentle flavour of paprika. A smooth, mellowed tannin gives a long-lasting soft silky finish with a delicate hint of vanilla.
Le Velette’s Calanco is well suited to main courses of stewed and braised meat. It is also very good too with hard cheeses and those that mature slowly.
Calanco is definitely recommended as a ‘meditation’ wine: open it up and think about the world.
About the Name
Calanco comes from the Italian ‘calanque’, or creek. It is a force of nature that that delivers time and again and smooths all edges over time.
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|Grape Varieties||Sangiovese (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%)|
|Vineyard Age||From 14 to 25 years|
|Average Yield||approx 5 tons / ha|
|Finish||Hand harvested. Fermentation in cement tanks at 27°C for 10 days. Malolactic fermentation is applied and the wine is then stored in French oak barrels for 13-16 months. It is then stored in tanks for 4 months and finally left to rest for another 14 months before bottling.|
|Training System||Cordone speronato|
|Soil Type||Of volcanic origin, hilly, 280 metres above sea level, south-east and south-west facing|
|Optimal Serving Temp||20°C|
|When to drink?||2012-2030|