What can be more festive than a ruby red wine? From a 10 year old vineyard near the foothills of Castagneto Carducci in the region of Tuscany comes one of our new favorite reds on the Gigi Wine List. Zizzolo from Bolgheri Wine Road is a beautiful blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Acquiring this outstanding Tuscan red has added some cheer to our holiday season and we are truly excited to present it to you.
What is so surprising about Zizzolo is that despite its DOC regulation, like many Bolgheri reds, it is considered nothing more than a table wine. Bolgheri was barely on the wine map until 1974 when a six year old Sassiacia defeated an assortment of Bordeaux wines in a competition. In 1983 the DOC was established here for whites and rosés. Not until 1994 did Bolheri reds get recognized as DOCs. And boy did they deserve the recognition!
Zizzolo falls under the DOC Bolgheri Rosso because it is made of 60% Merlot and 30% Cabernet. The grapes macerate for 12 days using only natural yeast. It is aged in barriques, or barrels and then again in the bottle for 12 months. The result is an exquisite ruby-red color. Zizzolo has round tannins and notes of fresh fruit especially darker berries. And what may be the best feature of Zizzolo is that it pairs well with just about anything. From our Pork Scalloppine to the Bigoli Col’Anitra with braised Hudson Valley duck & Wiltbank Farm oyster and shitake mushrooms, this wine can be enjoyed with many of our Trattoria specialties. It is even wonderful on its own.
What makes Zizzolo so special is that there are only about 1,800 cases produced a year! Here at Gigi Trattoria, we are grateful to have such an amazing wine at such an affordable price. For only $45 Zizzolo is our holiday gift to you. And if you come on Wine Wednesday, all of our wines are 30% off! Happy Holidays from our bottle to your glass!