The Treasures of Rome

November 1, 2007

Lazio, the region around Rome, is not quite as famous for its wines as other regions of Italy, such as Campania, Chianti, Veneto or Barolo. Most of the fame here is generated by whites, perhaps the best known among them is Frascati, which comes from a village by the same name a few kilometers outside of Rome.

This is not to say there are no decent producers of red wines in Lazio. There are several, and they are not, by any stretch of the imagination, behind their brothers in Tuscany or Piemonte. One of these fantastic producers is Colacicchi in the quaint village of Anagni, about an hour south of Rome. Colacicchi is owned by Francesco Trimani, who also owns one of Rome’s best wine stores.

Colacicchi’s Torre Ercolana has achieved a sort of cult status in Lazio over the last decades. It is hard to get, expensive, and absolutely world class. The wine is a blend of the local Cesanese di Affile and the international varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Think supertuscans and you are not that far away. Velvety, complex, a load of fruit, just absolutely perfectly balanced.

I picked up a bottle of this beauty and some other local treasures at a small enoteca in Anagni. Unfortunately we could not visit the winery, but got a taste of the gorgeous land around. I would love to go back to visit with some of these lesser known, but amazingly talented winemakers of the region. Life is too short!

Name: Cantina Colacicchi, Torre Ercolana, 2000

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Body: Medium to Full

Price: 40 euros

Got it at: Enoteca Lo Schiaffo Di Tagliaboschi, Anagni, Italy

Cantina Colacicchi, Torre Ercolana, 2000

One Response to “The Treasures of Rome”

  1. […] examples of this region, of course outside of the Torre Ercolana, the cult wine I described in an earlier entry. Unlike the Torre Ercolana, this wine is 100% Cesanese di Affile, so if you want to find out this […]

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