PODERI MARINI (ORGANIC)-CALABRIA (Cosenza)

Located in Calabria, "San Demetrio Corone is a small township at the foot of the Sila ranges in an area best known historically for its olive oil and citrus, where the language and traditions of the Arberesh are still strong. The brother and sister team of Salvatore and Maria Paola Marini owns one of the oldest farms in the area. A while ago they added wine to their production, focusing primarily on regional varieties, especially magliocco. Until now their organic production has been limited to seven hectares of hillside vines. Stylistically they aim for well-structured, yet elegant, attractive wines. " Gambero Rosso 2014

Wines from Calabria are difficult to come by, especially ones that are this good.Vintages are much more consistent in Calabria compared to the north of Italy.

Magliocco is another grape which rivals only the big boys...Barolos and Brunellos. In a recent blind tasting sommeliers picked Basileus Magliocco over some very well known Barolos and Brunellos.

Wines represented by Mondo Vino:

2011 Basileus IGT-Magliocco: A pure expression of the grape.  Very dense and rich. Palette of mineral, dark chocolate,licorice, and black fruits almost macerated in alcohol with a great deal of finesse and solid structure. Aged for 12 months in Large Oak Casks.

2012 Elaphe IGT- Aglianico, Magliocco:   A blend of native grapes. One sip reveals the deep south. Packed with wild herbs, sweet spice and earthiness with a hint of smoke. Well-balanced with an elegant elvoled finish.

2016 Korone IGT- Aglianico, Sangiovese Rosato:   Enjoy this very approachable wine which has a big nose of very ripe red fruits, spice and a vein of minerality. Nicely balanced with a persistent medium plus finish.