"When was the last time you said, "Ciro from Calabria"? It's new for me, too. But because I've come to know and enjoy the Savuto wines of Calabria, the unruly toe of the Italian boot, I was excited to try a Ciro, made with the ancient gaglioppo grape. It was both surprisingly delicate and profoundly tannic (give this a few hours in a decanter), with an intriguing mealy, nutlike note. With air, it developed a pretty aroma, like pressed roses. Serve with fatty meats."
Eric Asimov, 20 Winter Wines for $20; The New York Times -1/6/14
Francesco & Laura de Franco are a husband and wife team located in the Ciro DOC of Calabria in Southern Italy. The town of Ciro Marina is located on Italy's boot tip, nestled between the Ionian sea and Sila mountains, providing dramatic diurnal shifts.
The DOC is dominated by one producer: Librandi, who produces over 200,000cs per year. By contrast, Francesco & Laura de Franco make only 2000cs total.
The wines are 100% Gaglioppo, a rustic variety native to the area. Gaglioppo typically has dusty tannins and aromas of roses and is thought to be related to Nerello Mascalese.