Far better known for its thirst-quenching white wines, Umbria’s Orvieto zone also boasts a proud tradition of crafting rustic, satisfying Sangiovese-based red wines. Grown in the Orvieto Classico zone, the Rosso di Spicca blends 85% Sangiovese and 15% Canaiolo into a bold and delicious offering. A translucent plum ruby color in the glass, Tenuta le Velette’s Rosso di Spicca fills the room with warm aromas of plums, black cherries, leather, bay leaf and smoky volcanic minerals. Bing cherries, black plums and volcanic earthiness saturate the palate before yielding to a long smoky, leathery finish that sports just enough ripe tannins to balance the wine’s bright fruit expression. This wine begs you to pair it with rustic Tuscan bean stews, sauteed Umbrian lentils, mild goat and cow’s milk cheeses, and American classics like roast beef and burgers. Drink now and over the next three years.
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