Villa Tirrena Paolo E Noemia D'Amico Merlot, Shiraz 2015 ~ Lazio, Italy
Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
Decanter World Wine Awards (2012 & 2013 vintages)
Silver International Wine & Spirit Competition (2012 vintage)
Silver Decanter World Wine Awards (2011 vintage)
Silver International Wine & Spirit Competition (2011 vintage)
The Winemaker "Intense ruby red. At the nose, it develops in a beautiful fresh fruit, accompanied by light toasted and vanilla-flavoured notes. Perfectly balanced, this edition presents a delicate and velvety structure for a clean and lively finish. Of a mighty red color, stately and spicy, with brushwood aroma, musk, raspberry and unique cherry, all bounded and softened by an elegant oak scent."
The Winemaker "This wine, of a crystalline and vibrant dark ruby colour, at the palate turns out to be wrapping and dry and contains elegant and structured tannins that contribute to make it suitable for a long aging. The grapes are harvested manually and placed into boxes as the ancient traditions. The aging takes place in stainless steel vats for about 2 months and subsequently in French oak barrels and in Tonneaux for about 8 months."
Paolo and Noemia d’Amico’s winery is located in the Vaiano’s Valley, between the striking clay ravines that border with Lazio and Umbria. Committed to extracting the potentiality of this terroir, the winery was launched in the 1980 and quckly earned a reputation through its consistent award winnings. The vineyards are extended over the Umbria area.
These produce a pleasant and equilibrate D.O.C. Orvieto type of wine that was first developed and supplied to Pinturicchio as part of his remuneration for his paintings at the Orvieto’s Cathedral. The excellence of d’Amico’s wine has now become widely known amongst Italian wine drinkers and the Italian enological community.
Lazio IGT is the region-wide IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) title used for the Lazio region of western central Italy near Tuscany and Umbia. Just like in Tuscany next door, Lazio also has an increasing number of French-origin wine varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah (Shiraz), Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc.
The most exciting, up-and-coming area for these French-Lazio blends is to the southeast of Rome in an area called Castelli Romani – a collection of communes atop a group of extinct volcanoes. The volcanic soil has shown to work very well for the Bordeaux-style blends, single-varietal Syrah, and others coming out of the area. Because these wines are usually declassified to Lazio IGT, and also use made-up wine names, it’s usually a little harder to find these wines.