The wine offers elements of ripe berries, stone fruits and dark florals, particularly violets. Pleasing hints of oak, earth and grass round out the palate and the finish is notable for its dusty, medium-firm tannins.
Valerio Vini is the oldest continuously run winery in Molise, Italy. The founder, Prince Giovanni Pignatelli built the cellar in Monteroduni and planted vineyards in 1972. Antonio Valerio bought the property in 2004 and embarked on a long-term restoration project, beginning with the vineyards. The estate is planted with Sangiovese, Montepulciano and an indigenous varietal, Tintilia. Antonio has retained the help of renowned wine consultant, Dr. Riccardo Catarella and along with the recent DOC Pentro designation, this winery and region is poised for growth.
|Wine maker notes
|From the Montepulciano grape purely vinified stands out Calidio, a red wine that distinguishes itself for its sharp and clean fragrance and also for its gentle taste. The name of this wine is derived from an incision on a Roman grave stone, which was found not far from where the wine is produced.
The diligence, wisdom and engagement, together with the natural qualities of the area are the essential ingredients which give this wine an exceptional quality and a high consistency.
Significantly, although still relatively young, this Calidio tells a story that attests to the presence of secular life in this lush and fertile land.
|The vines were planted on medium-textured soils with a high percentage of clay and are, on average 15 years old. The fruit was vinified and aged in stainless steel.
|In the 1920ís, Detroit roared like no place else. Bootleggers, Gangsters, Flappers and Feds converged on the city as it supplied 75% of the illicit liquor that poured into America during Prohibition. Unprecedented revelry could be found with a secret knock at any of the 25,000 blind pigs and speakeasies. Even Mayor John Smith thumbed his nose at the bluenosers and was once busted at a Mack Avenue juice joint.
Inspired by this rebellious swagger, Valentine Vodka Founder and Master Distiller Rifino Valentine decided to take a stand against mass-produced vodkas by using old world techniques and equipment to create a hand-distilled vodka with a proprietary multi-grain blend. This defiant approach has won awards at international competitions for its special taste and smooth drinkability.
A Michigan native who gave up a career on Wall Street to craft the perfect dirty martini, Valentine uses locally-sourced ingredients and partners with Michigan companies like McClure’s Pickles (Try a Motor City Mary) , B. Nektar Meadery and Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates. Rifino also crafts Detroitís Ghost Vodka.