92 points Vinous
“Good full ruby-red. Crystallized red berries, licorice, and flint on the musky, refined nose. Juicy, deep and chewy, with bright red fruit and floral flavors. Still rather backward, this closes with firm but notable tannins and vibrant, harmonious acidity. One of the best Sanfelice Rossos in recent memory. Gaglioppo.”
"A considerable part of the vineyard that is the source for this wine is planted ad alberello (as bush vines). ‘My father told me that young vines are only to be used for rosato. They are too exuberant, and the bunches are compact, which prevents the grapes on the inside of the bunches ripening. Only when the vines get older can you keep the wine longer on the skins’, is how Paolo Librandi explained the difference between their rosatos and this full-blown, 100% Gaglioppo red. 10 days on the skins and aged only in stainless steel and concrete. ‘For me 2015 was a serious year.’
Lustrous mid ruby. Pretty nose of cherry and ripe raspberry fruit and with proper depth. Great Gaglioppo expression with lots of fruit and powdery, long tannins and hints of liquorice. Lightness of touch on the finish and with spicy tannins. 17/20 points. (WS)"
Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Awards
Winner in the Calabria category.
Vinous Reverie Notes
Made from grapes harvested from ancient head-trained bush vines, mainly originating from the eponymous Duca Sanfelice vineyard, this is our interpretation of the traditional Cirò wine.