May 20, 2021

Piccini Strapazzamento Rosso Toscana

Piccini Strapazzamento

Who makes it?

Piccini is a Castellani brand. The Castellani family own a large number of vineyards in Tuscany and make an impressive range of wines. Villa Piccini is focused on red wines, and in particular Sangiovese based wines, including a Chianti Classico. This one is particularly interesting. It is one of the Governo all’uso Toscano wines that are growing in popularity.   

How do they make it?

Governo all’uso Toscano wines use a dried grape technique to increase the concentration and intensity of the red wines. This wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and topped off with Colorino. Colorino is a less known Italian red wine grape that has an affinity for drying without rotting so therefore it is well used for Governo wines. In addition, the deeply coloured grapes are valued for the colour they impart in traditional red Tuscan blends. 

For more information about appassimento wines and other dried grape wines, please see The Italian Red Revival – Part 1 {It is not all cut and dried}

What it does taste like?

There is a fragrance of violets that wafts evocatively from this wine.  The ripe cherry fruit is wrapped in chocolate and nutmeg. It is more medium bodied red. As a result of the extended maceration with the dried grapes, the tannins are supple however there is a grip on the finish. And that finish is on the floral and spice side. Undoubtedly, this is a pretty wine.

What to drink with it?

Given that Piccini Strapazzamento is a fragrant and elegant red wine, it is also a versatile wine. It goes without saying, don’t limit yourself to Italian classics like ragu or a truffle or porcini mushroom pizza. Try a tender lamb chop. It is even better with crushed potatoes and slow roasted cherry tomatoes or baby beetroots will be great too. 

Cheese, yes please?

Pecorino cheese, gruyere or cheddar.

Quickie review « This Tuscan is a pretty and elegant red wine and simply goes down easily. Obviously, the price is not bad either. »

Country of Origin: Tuscany IGT, Italy 
Tasting Date: January 2021
Price:  UK £8 
Drink: now – 3+ year
Needs food: no
Source: purchase

Like the sound of this Italian red, Piccini Strapazzamento, you might like these other Italian reds
Masseria Setteporte Etna Rosso

Terre di Faiano Nero d’Avola

Visit Villa Piccini for more information and The Italian Red Revival – Part 1 {It is not all cut and dried}

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