Nielluccio, 2020. Decostel'o

Nielluccio, 2020. Decostel'o

Item #: U0922R2
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Neilluccio
Vineyard/Appellation: Castelnau-Valence, France
Color: Dark Magenta
Nose: Plum, Berries
Palate: Earth, Spices
Finish: Medium Tannins
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Red Meats, Game/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Decostel'o is an organic co-op in the Languedoc area of France. It is mostly grown on the French Island of Corsica off the coast of Italy, grows mostly Italian varietals and most of the proprietors have Italian ancestry. Nielluccio is another pseudonym for Sangiovese, the great grape of Chianti.

Like the vineyards of Corsica, the land here is mostly spread out in the foothills of very high mountains, along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean. This area can be traced back to 570 BC when the Phoenicians traders first settled here and eventually made began producing and even trading wine.

The rough soil and climate here produces hardier wines than most places. That is the reason many producers use more favorable grapes like Nielluccio. As if it's not confusing enough, there is a grape grown here called Niellucciu, which is sibling of Nielluccio, but is white. We're sure there are crazier stories, but this one is up there.

We are often asked if certain grapes known to be associated with a particular area are grown in a very different one. We usually have to hit the books and find out and are often surprised how many grapes are the same but called something different

This selection could easily be easily confused with a large and lovely Chianti. It has all the qualities of its famous origin. From the dark cherry, spice and earthy components to the gripping finish, it pleases on all palates. Try with a pork tenderloin seasoned with rosemary, mustard and black pepper or a lamb burger infused with feta.

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