Lazio: Casale del Giglio Tempranijo
Color: Deep ruby-red.
Aroma: Raspberry, blackcurrant, woodland fruits, and a hint of ripe marasca cherry.
Taste: Medium-bodied with medium-plus acidity. Rich, concentrated palate where notes of spice and fruit, highlighted by the presence of sweet tannins, lead to a strong finish.
Pairing: Tiela di Polpo, grilled meats, and aged cheeses.
Casale del Giglio was founded in 1967 by Dr. Berardino Santarelli, a native of the Appenine hill town of Amatrice. The estate lies between the towns of Aprilia and Latina in the Agro Pontino valley, some 50 kms. south of Rome. Unlike other parts of the Latium region, or other regions of Italy, this territory was still uncharted in viticultural terms when Berardino Santarelli and his son Antonio launched their research project in 1985.
SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRING
‘Tiella di Polpo’ from the town of Gaeta, a local specialty where two rounds of pizza dough are filled with ‘the fruits of land & sea’ and baked as a pie.
A ‘one-pot’ recipe traditionally favored by both farmers and fishermen as a means of preparing a dish which would keep for several days.
The story goes that in the 17th century the pie was extremely popular at the Bourbon court of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.