2016 Ciu Ciu Bacchus (mini review)

Dark in color, on the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark fruits backed almost immediately by big firm tannins and strong acidity. This is a big wine, with nice complexity that transcend the low price. Shockingly so. Definitely a bruiser to the palate. Be sure and pair this with something hearty or you won’t be tasting your food. I would give it an 88 or so. Which for the price is a good deal. I think the wine might be a bit young, if you prefer your wines a little less bold, check back on it in about a year. But given the firm tannins I bet it has a decent shelf life. Sadly not in the LCBO but available for $15.95 a bottle, by the case from Le Sommelier. Surprisingly as you will so below it is an unoaked wine.

From the winery’s web site:
BACCHUS Rosso Piceno D.O.P.
This ruby red wine, with purple shades tending to orange is a product of Montepulciano and Sangiovese vines that are carefully grown on the Marches hills. The wine is harmoniously delicate and tannic. It is dry, full bodied and tastes faintly tannic. It expresses its finest characteristics between the first and the second year of its life, although further maturation gives it a greater equilibrium and smoothness.

GEOGRAPHIC PRODUCTION AREA: The towns of Offida and Acquaviva Picena, in Ascoli Piceno province
SOIL medium mixture, quite clayey
HEIGHT 300 metres above sea level
GROWING SYSTEM spur pruned cordon
HARVEST TIME: first ten days of October
GRAPES’ VARIETIES: Montepulciano and Sangiovese
WINE PRODUCTION traditional red fermentation, with daily “punching down” for approx 10 days
AGEING: 6 months in stainless steel vat
REFINING: 3 months in bottles
ORGANOLEPTIC CHARACTERISTICS
Colour purple and bordeaux shades
Scent ethereal
Flavour harmonic, rich of taste, slightly tannic
Alcohol content 13,5%

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