Pillitteri Riserva Famiglia Appassimento 2015

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The “Riserva Famiglia” title is only given to wines produced in the best vintage years which have passed a rigorous tasting panel. Made in the traditional appassimento style, vine dried for 4 weeks past traditional harvest dates and then rack dried in a single layer for 26 days. Dried in an ambient environment with forced air circulation to allow the fruit to slowly dry. Small batch fermented and aged in new French oak for 2 years.

One of Canada’s most unique red wines, it is among the first in the country to feature Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The 2015 Fruttaio is a very complex wine that displays tertiary development and a full body, all without the loss of primary fruit characters. It pours a beautiful garnet colour and has aromas of fig, ripe red plum, dried violets, earth, tobacco leaf, kirsch and preserved red fruit explode out of the pronounced, old-world-style nose. As the wine opens up, there is a sense of the long life that lay ahead as aromas develop into sweet oak characters like vanilla, nutmeg, smoke, caramel, clove and cigar box. On the palate there are a lot of similarities to the nose with additional dark chocolate, black pepper, sour cherry and toast. There is also an inherent sweet quality to this wine which speaks to the extreme ripeness of the grapes and keeps the texture of the wine velvety and smooth. The tannins are youthful and although the wine is smooth already, additional bottle ageing will only enhance its enjoyment.