92 Insider Points
Violet & strawberry nose, followed by a palte of black cherry, black currant, aniseed and seasoned leather. It shows good balance, with smoky tannin through the finish. In its window now through 2025. 92 Points - JZ Sept '18
60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot
Umbria IGT, Italy
Known as the “green heart of Italy,” Umbria’s pastoral landscape and picturesque medieval villages make the region indistinguishable from neighboring Tuscany. While Tuscany has always been known for its vino, Umbria’s reds and whites have remained well under the radar and are therefore some of the best value wine from Italy.
Altarocca’s Librato is one of the winery’s top releases. The wine is sourced from vines in the Orvieto Classico zone—one of Umbria’s best-known DOCs. But since Librato is made from Cabernet Franc and Canaiolo the wine is labeled as an IGT. The IGT designation always for a total freedom in the vineyard and cellar, rather than forcing the winemaker to adhere to stringent DOC/DOCG law that requires specific grape varieties. The wine’s name—which means “soaring” is an allusion to this freedom and to the wine’s lofty aromatics of cassis and violets and towering, perfectly ripe berry fruit. Grown in Orvieto’s outstanding volcanic and clay-rich terroir, the 2015 Librato is a Super Umbrian blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Canaiolo. Drink this full bodied red now with pork or beef or with any pasta in a lusty meat sauce.
· Altarocca is a certified organic winery (since 2016), and no chemicals or herbicides are used in the vineyards or in the cellar.
· Canaiolo makes up a significant percentage of this Umbrian red. The grape is grown throughout Tuscany and Umbria and is integral in Chianti and Chianti Classico. In fact, all Chianti must by law contain a portion of Canaiolo.
· Umbria is Italy’s only region that is both landlocked (that is, lacking easy shipping access abroad) and without an international border, two reasons why Umbrian wines remain wine insider secrets.
· According to Vinous, writing about Umbrian vintages: “2015 featured a hot growing season…red wines are deep and ageworthy…”
Earthy flavors with a fruity overtone. Also has notes of citrus hidden in the layers.
From the winery:
At the beginning of the year 2000, Nonno Mario’s grand passion for wine growing was officially passed down to his grandchildren, who lovingly created the Al Molino Gualtieri Organic Farm situated at the foot of the Rocca Ripesena tuff hillock, a few kilometres from the picturesque town of Orvieto, Thence the name “Altarocca”, which denotes the close connection between the farm and the surrounding land.
The dedication and passion of the Altarocca Winery in respect to this territory drove us to become organic, for which we obtained certification in 2016. Ours was an ethical choice combined with the genuine wish to adopt an approach, by which human intervention follows the biological rhythm of nature and no systemic products or phytopharmaceuticals are used. Altarocca has also always been involved in the initiatives for the protection of typical regional wines and quality improvement programs for grapes and winemaking techniques. We are proud to offer a quality brand made with passion, dedication and care.
Pair this with a delicious steak straight off the grill.