By: John Downing
K&L Staff Member
The wines of Lazio are fewer in number these days and far less represented in the US as more profitable crops have been planted across this breadbasket zone of Italy. One of the most important red wines of the region is Cesanese and Formiconi makes one of our favorite. Their 2013 reminds somewhat of Montepulciano yet the nose is more fragrant with lifted notes of roses, violets, dark cherry and earth. What makes this especially good is a medium-to-full-bodied palate of soft, flavor-packed dark fruit with ripe tannins and a very smooth finish. This unique Italian red is definitely worth seeking out.