ARIS Cirò DOC: Cirotana quintessence.
A wine with a watercolour nose, elegant and fresh in its aromas yet complex, with red berry fruits, powder, tobacco and a few hints of noble spices that are redolent of lands beyond the Alps with a very different tradition. The taste is full-bodied but never hot, the tannins are influential but perfectly integrated, the pulp is astounding, and the flavour awaits you with a fresh and lengthy finish. This wine is befitting of the quality of the previous year, which was perhaps the new entry of the wine season. It may even have surpassed it.
The illustrious Jancis Robinson, the most famous and influential British wine critic, was already familiar with wines from Calabria, and offered words of praise for the ARIS 2010.
One interesting aspect is that when taking a blindfold test, the majority of tasters place this wine in northern Piedmont, between Boca and Gattinara.
The 2011 vintage was more generous and accessible, but not at the expense of the tannins content. It is probably a less cerebral and more enjoyable wine than the 2010 vintage.
It is not filtered, so has a few suspended residues to the eye. But it is to be tasted and savoured and not to be admired for its appearance.
The story of our company began in the Calabrian town of Cirò in 1880 and our great-grandfather Peppe, who harboured a great passion for grape-growing coupled with an immense spirit of sacrifice. With simple agricultural equipment, he worked the land and transported his harvests with horses and donkeys.
Our father, also called Peppe, was born in 1931 and at the age of 9 he worked alongside his grandfather in cultivating the vineyard, inheriting the experience and expertise of wine-making. Soon enough he started to graft and cultivate vines – he successfully grafted hundreds of hectares of vines in his youth – and became a trained winemaker of genuine red wine, made from the gaglioppo grape which is typical of the area.
In 1973 he opened his own winery, continuing the activities of producing and selling wine in bulk, thus satisfying the needs of growing numbers of discerning customers. Since 2009, having modernised our father’s winery and with his assistance, Sergio, my brother Francesco, and I have started to bottle our own wine. So far, we have produced a Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore, “Aris” and a rosé, “Il Marinetto”. These are produced from exclusively organic vineyards, including two hectares planted with low-yield saplings, 60/70 quintals per hectare (one hectare planted in 1945, the other in 1980). Around two hectares were planted in 2005 with a spurred cordon.