2011 Sportoletti "Villa Fidelia" Umbria Rosso SKU #1258186

$19.99

JS 93 RP 92
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  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    6/9/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    A bold Super Tuscan influenced by the vintage's August heat wave. The warm weather rested on the vines and particularly influenced the delicate Merlot grapes in early ripening bringing intensity, richness and a streamline of deep purple fruits into the bottle. Early harvest and irrigation that was possible from mid summer rain kept all grapes from over ripening and helped them hold onto enough natural acidity to balance the bold wine. The Cab Sauv and Cab Franc keep the wine spicey and softly structured making it layered and ready to drink!
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    5/29/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Made from predominantly Merlot with lesser amounts of Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, the Sportoletti "Villa Fidelia" is a full-bodied mouthful of flavorful black fruit with intriguing notes of minerals, leather and licorice. It's not often we come across Bordeaux style blends this good at this price, so we took full advantage of the offer and hope you'll do the same. Simply outstanding.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    12/1/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This is dense and concentrated with a depth of blackberry fruit, ripe cherry flavors, earthy nuances and hints of smoke. Although mostly Merlot, this dry wine tastes more like Cabernet Sauvignon or a top-notch Bordeaux but with unmistakable Italian character to the long, dusty finish. From the mineral-laced aromas to the fine and embedded tannins this is a classy and sophisticated bottling.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    11/30/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    OK, and now for something completely different from me: “SUPER TUSCAN”! Villa Fidelia Rosso is from Umbria and is composed of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (percentages will change with vintage). This 2011 is very user friendly and drinks well now: on the palate, flavors of black cherry and plum, leather, tobacco and soft floral notes blend with medium-bodied tannins. The Cab gives this a backbone that you feel, also a smoky vanilla from well-integrated French oak; needs an hour or so decanting time.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    11/30/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Super Umbrian, it is a thing. This Bordeaux inspired blend is rich and with supple tannins, lots of chocolate covered cherry notes, spice and a mineral tone.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    11/23/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is profound, rich, cassis like fruit, compact and complex with delicate hints of leather and earth. On the palate the flavors expand, and while opening one sees the intensity of fruit character, so saturated, really impressive while texturally the wine has a real concentration, power and smooth, supple nature. The finish develops the complexity of the fruit even more and bits of tannic structure let you know this wine is going to be around for awhile. Outstanding performer for the price, I can hardly believe this wine is less than $20!
    Drink from 2016 to 2025

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