2012 Malaspina "Palizzi" Red Blend Calabria SKU #1294696


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Tasting Notes

This wine is a blend of 50% Calabrese Nero and 50% Nocera. Fermentation in steel tanks for 10 days under a controlled temperature. Aged for six months in Allier oak barrels.

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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    Calabria is positioned at the toe of the Italian Peninsula boot. A short ferry ride across the straits of Messina takes you to Calabria’s more famous neighbor, Sicily. Calabria is almost a land that time forgot. Its dramatic, rugged coastline and interior mountains make it difficult for mass industry or agriculture to take hold. A bit more than a century ago, Calabrians made up a large portion of the immigrants passing through Ellis Island on their way to new lives in America. Calabria still suffers from isolation compared to other Italian regions, but it is blessed with extraordinary beauty, striking vistas and a passionate populace. It was 50 years ago that Consolato Malaspina, passionate about the land and its fruits, decided to make wine. Consolato is still making the wine and has passed on his love of the land to his family, including his four daughters, Domenica, Caterina, Irene and Patrizia. The grapes for this wine come from vineyards at the farthest point south in Calabria, right on the coast and at almost 2300 feet above the sea. This unique and dramatic position offers the Malaspina family a very special climate zone in which to grow their vines. They are able to harvest in mid-October and the result is a better balanced wine. This month’s wine, the 2012 Malaspina Il Palizzi Calabria IGT, is a blend of two indigenous grapes. It is 50% Calabrese Nero and 50% Nocera. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged in French Allier Barriques. I feel this wine reflects the character of their neighboring Sicilian wines from Etna and the Faro DOC, with a little bit of tannic grip and a very complex aromatic nose. Like most Italian wines this wine is made for food. The Malaspinas suggest pasta with a pork ragu sauce, or roasted leg of lamb, or sausage. Let yourself be creative and dive in!
    Drink from 2017 to 2022


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