Briziarelli Rosso Mattone 2009
Clear, deep ruby-red color. The nose is intense and persistent, with hints of blackberry, ripe cherry, and light cinnamon. The palate is dry, fruity, warm, nicely tannic, full-bodied, and continuous, with a long persistence and near-perfect balance. The aftertaste shows fruity and spicy notes.
65% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, 15% Sagrantino. In the late 19th century, Umbria became known for its high-quality wine production. Not wanting to miss out on this opportunity, Pio Briziarelli with the help of just ten workers established a brick-and-clay construction company in 1906 called "FBM-Fornaci Briziarelli Marsciano S.p.A.," which became one of the most important companies in the construction industry and the only one capable of providing a full range of products in brick. Over the years, with his construction expertise Pio acquired and built factories and land, most of which were converted into a commercial farm—resulting in Cantine Briziarelli. The cantine is a 123.5-acre estate located in the heart of Bevagna, in Umbria, where producing Sagrantino has been a tradition that has been passed down for many years. Hidden in an amphitheater of the most famous wineries in the area, its vineyard of silt-clay soils is afforded some protection from the elements. Today, Pio's heirs manage the estate while he continues to run his construction company. The Rosso Matone ("Red Brick") wine is clearly a tribute to the brick.