Torgiano is a beautiful commune in the Umbria region of Italy, situated exactly between the “calf” and the “shin” of the wonderful boot-shaped country.
It’s apparently a hotbed for (agri)tourism too – a quick internet search for Torgiano reveals primarily vacation home, hotel and B&B sites. One can rent a cozy farmhouse (similar to a California rancher) to soak in all the sights and smells for anywhere between 350 – 550 Euro a week.
Lungarotti is probably Torgiano’s best-known winery, and verily what put the commune on the proverbial map. The local wine and olive oil museums, two of Torgiano’s largest attractions, were founded by the winery’s namesake and winemaker, Giorgio Lungarotti.
Rubesco, roughly translating to “blushing”, is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, the popular Tuscan grape, and 30% Canaiolo, an indigenous varietal native to the region.
This is a terrific, versatile wine for food pairing or simply enjoyed with a cheese plate and a good book. If you’re not into trying a full bottle, it’s currently on the by-the-glass wine list at Uva Wine Bar and is excellent with their Umbrian lentil bruschetta.
A rather light, clear garnet hued wine with some bricking around the edges – this is a wine to drink now or very soon. Red fruits, cherry, subtle herbs (like dried oregano, sage or thyme) and a bit of sweet spice and milk chocolate form a mysterious bouquet. Fine tannins frame this evenly acidic and flavourful medium-bodied wine with lots of finesse. More red fruits and savoury herb on the palate with a sweet oakyness that provides a lengthy finish. My instinct tells me to stick with Italian fare and opt for full-flavoured dishes such as chicken cacciatore or pesto – other bistro classics like tapenade or pissaladière would be great too. $20
A great New York Times article on Lungarotti’s reserve Rubesco wines:
Uva Wine Bar (open every day during the 2010 Winter Games!)