In a nutshell: A smooth and sophisticated Italian red from Emilia Romagna.
The lowdown: This wine is named after a small and picturesque village in the hills above Castel San Pietro in Emilia Romagna. It's a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 18 months in large oak tonneaux durng which time it gains an elegant sheen. It's altogether a big and impressive wine. Full-bodied yet elegant and well balanced with notes of clove, cinnamon, black pepper, mocha, vanilla and red and black berry fruit which lead onto a smooth and rounded body with a long, soft and velvety finish.
When to drink: Stylish and opulent this is one that'll shine with robust red meat dishes.
For Umberto Cesari, producing good wine in Emilia Romagna is a family tradition. It is here that Umberto and his wife Giuliana started their company in 1965, when they bought 20 hectares of land in the hills. Their ambition was to turn Sangiovese into a great wine, reflecting the typicity of the area. The winery has continually expanded and today the estate extends over 100 hectares divided into distinct vineyards; La Casetta, Parolino, Cà Grande and Laurento, each of which provides the perfect micro-climate for the vines planted. As pioneers of quality in Emilia Romagna, Cesari has gained international recognition and has been awarded IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year four times in the last 15 years.