Drink with Certa #14: Lungarotti Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano 2019
Lungarotti is the leading winery in Umbria, a region located in central Italy with the fame of being the “green heart of Italy” thanks to its stunning green landscape and picturesque countryside. Umbria is also one of the best places to produce black truffles in Italy. The founder of the winery – Girogio Lungarotti is considered as one of the most important figures of the post-ward Italian wine industry. He focused on quality above all else and produced the first vintage of a wine called Rubesco in 1962. Due to the great success of Rubesco, its production area – Torgiano became Umbria’s first DOC in 1968.
Lungarotti是翁布裡亞地區具領導地位的酒莊。翁布裡亞位於意大利的中部，因其令人驚歎的綠色自然環境和如畫般的鄉村景色，而素有“意大利綠色心臟”的美譽。 這裡也是意大利最好的黑松露產區之一。酒莊的創始人 - Girogio Lungarotti 被公認為是在戰後意大利葡萄酒發展史上具有舉足輕重地位的人物。他以品質為先，在1962年便推出了名為Rubesco的葡萄酒。由於Rubesco所取得的巨大成功，其所在產區 – Torgiano于1968年成為翁布裡亞首個法定DOC產區。
Today I am going to taste the 2019 vintage of Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano. It is a wine mainly based on Sangivoese with a small blend of Colorino. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature and refined one year in casks and one in bottle before release.
The wine has deep ruby colour. The nose is quite intense with violet, ripe red and black cherries, blueberries, citrus peel, cinnamon and some leather and peppery notes. On palate, the wine is medium plus body with good concentration. It is quite fruity but balanced well by its bright acidity and medium plus level of tannins, which are ripe with some chalky character, which is typical for a Sangiovese wine. The finish is quite long with the berry fruits mixed with brown spices, bitter almond and a touch of clean minerality. With its solid structure, this wine may still evolve for 5 to 10 years but it is already drinking beautifully now. “Rubesco” derives from the Latin verb “rubescere”, meaning “to blush” (with joy), and this wine can certainly deliver such fantastic feeling to you!
Due to its great fruit concentration, well balanced and welcoming style, Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano is a versatile wine in terms of food and wine pairings and perfect for both every-day meal or fine restaurant dishes. Recommended cuisines may include Fiorentina Bistecca (T-bone steak), BBQ, roast chicken and aged cheeses (pocorino, parmigiano). For Chinese cuisine, Sautéed Beef Tenderloin with Black Pepper, Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Beef, Peking Duck and Cantonese Roast Goose will all work fantastically with this wine. Rubesco is the most exported wine world-wide from Lungarotti, so there is no reason not to try it. Cheers!