Tenuta di Salviano is nestled on the heights surrounding lake Corbara in southern Umbria. The estate covers almost 5,000 acres along the lake and the banks of the Tiber river. However, only 173 acres are devoted to vines.
The modern version of the estate, as it exists today, was founded in the early part of the 20th century by the Incisa della Rocchetta family. Today, the estate is run by his children. The estate is located within the Orvieto DOC. Therefore, a significant portion of the plantings are devoted to Trebbiano, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Grechetto. Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot are also grown to craft a variety of appealing reds. In 1998, Lago di Corbara was awarded DOC status.
Perhaps one of the merits of Umbrian wine is its relative affordability compared to its Tuscan neighbors. Values can abound without sacrificing quality. In my recent article introducing Madrevite, I highlighted a few. Today, we’re focusing on another value driven red called Turlo. The vines that give life to Turlo are 20-25 years in age. Once harvested, the grapes are vinified in stainless steel and then transferred to cement vats. Freshness is the key with Turlo.
The 2016 Tenuta di Salviano Turlo is a stylish blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot. Deep ruby in color with violet highlights, the wine is very attractive to look at. The absence of any oak aging keeps this fresh and focused on juicy fruit flavors. Notes of black plums, lavender, cracked pepper and leather mark the nose.
On the palate, the wine is vibrant and driven with a medium bodied core of black fruits. Lively and fresh, this fruit flavors are enhanced with powdery mineral and pepper notes. Structure is provided by balanced acids and tannins. Versatile with a wide array of foods, there’s nothing not to like here given the cost. 88 points. About $10. Really nice value. Find this wine.
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