Leonardo Bussoletti is in the vanguard of the Ciliegiolo revival, working with the University of Milan since 2009 to identify thirty different clones of this ancient variety and parent of Sangiovese, which he grafts via massal selection into his own vineyards in order to further his understanding. These organic vineyards have been inherited from family members and extend to nine hectares around Narni in the Umbrian province of Terni. The local clone, Ciliegiolo di Narni, is believed by some to be the true genesis of Ciliegiolo, rather than originating in Tuscany. There are records of it in Umbria since the 1200s, which would seem to support the view that it has a longer history in these parts than often assumed, but wherever it is grown - and it is now found all over Italy - it remains a little-understood variety but capable of producing really gorgeous wines. Meanwhile Grechetto is another speciality of Umbria, and Leonardo grows both varieties: Grechetto di Orvieto and Grechetto di Todi, also known as Pignoletto. He vinifies them separately because they possess strikingly different characteristics, then blends to achieve a balanced finished wine.
Case of 6 Bottles
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"The 2020 Colleozio pulls you close with a bouquet of incense and white smoke that gives way to a vivid note of ripe apricots. It's silky in feel with a sweet display of orchard fruits, and liquid inner florals and minerals amass towards the close. There's a subtle twang of citrus that lingers as this finishes with only medium length but incredibly fresh." Eric Guido
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