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Cirò is a DOC wine produced in the Calabria region of southern Italy. It is available in rosso, bianco and rosato, and is said to be one of the oldest wines in the history of the world. The ancient Greeks produced a form of Cirò that was imported and consumed in Cremissa, a Greek colony now known as Cirò Marina. This wine was purportedly used to toast athletes in the ancient Greek Olympics, and was served as a nod to history to celebrate the 1968 games in Greece. Archeological digs have uncovered ancient viaducts, or in this case, “vinoducts,” that must have been been a direct connection from what served as the winery to other buildings. Who needs plumbing when you have wine on tap at home?

Red Cirò is produced from 95% Gaglioppo, the region’s starring indigenous red, with an allowable 5% Greco Bianco and Trebbiano Toscana. The white grapes are employed to soften the tannins and round out flavors, much as Viognier does with the reds from the Rhône Read more »

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  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Greco

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Aglianico

    History of the grape: There is documented proof of the existence of Aglianico in Basilicata, Italy as far back as the...

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  • Scala Ciro Rosso Classico Superiore Azienda Agricola Dott. Antonio Scala 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Librandi Cirò Duca Sanfelice Riserva 2011


    This is an interesting southern Italian red made with the Gaglioppo grape. The nose is very much black licorice/anise. This hits your tongue with drying grippy tannins, macerated ripe black cherry, some leather, a touch of menthol, a high level of acidity and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Nice map, OT.  Now, if we could just get your infanticide problem under ... ... with salmon on Sunday, a Ciro from Librandi on Monday, and that Beast with burgers on Tuesday.  So last night I opened one of these:From the Jemrose vineyard, all Grenache and really obviously so.  If you don't like Grenache, steer clear.  Big raspberry flavors, lo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • I too have had the Duca San Felice, but I myself was not a fan. Fell flat for ... ... looking to outside the Ciro DOC which allows more blending (which can tame the somewhat bitter Gaglioppo). Odoardi Savuto DOC and DuCroppio's "Serra Sanguina" IGT being two suggestions that are exporte Read More

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  • I've had the Duca San Felice from Librandi, by Ciro.  Good stuff.  A local restaurant, A Cote, has it on the list and I first tasted it there in a flight of Calabrian wines.  I noticed some licorice notes in the wine.  The restaurant is not carrying it now, but I've seen it at my local wine shop here in Oakland.  Alas, that helps you not at all ... Read More

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  • Hello all!  We have a little place in the southern part of Italy, ... ... of France......but, this Ciro Greco Bianco was unbelievable. I think the other was the Ciro Classio  Naturally, I tried to pick up more from the same supermarket down by the Tyrrenian...they had none.  What a shame.  Since returning to Canada, I have done my research and... Read More

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  • Linardi Cirò Rosso Classico 1993


    Excelent aroma and taste. Recommended. Read More

    Wine review by sunin49gmail

  • Librandi Cirò Rosso Classico 2010


    a bit harsh. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Librandi Ciro Duca San Felice Riserva 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Barberesco

  • I'll try to keep this one short.  A few months back, I had dinner with ... of Zin that was more like a Ciro.  Licorice and chocolate and that vine-y blackberry.  The pinot was ethereal, light, balanced; if there's oak, it's a kiss, and an air-kiss at that.  Definitely stop by if you are in the area.  Real family operations exist in the RRV and ... Read More

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  • Ciro is a beautiful area of Calabria with scenic views of olive trees and grape vines that date back many years. The wine is special and Librandi should be complimented for the many varieties it produces.

    Comment by 341724rex ridge 341724 rex ridge

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