Belcaro is a gentle vigorous wine made with Merlot grapes, 50% - Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% - Ciliegiolo, 20% & Sangiovese, 10%. These grapes are grown in Maremma region, see the attached map, located along the coast of Tuscany facing the Elba Island. Notes of rose petals, raspberries, ripe dark cherries, and lavender are gloriously evident throughout the wine and ensure a delicious tasting experience.
While distinctly different from California wines, it is rather smooth but uninteresting to no finish...but for $12/bottle can't be beaten.
Wine Maker Notes
The property is comprised of a medieval village with a modern winery, cellar, and a world-class hotel & restaurant. San Felice grows 278 (161 red) different vine varieties in an experimental 2-hectare nursery-vineyard called "VITIARIUM", from which the winery has had exciting results with a promising new varietal, the Pugnitello grape. They have since dedicated 8 hectares of vineyard to this varietal. San Felice also owns “Campogiovanni” a 65 ha estate in Montalcino (20 hectares of vineyard) that they acquired Jan.1st, 1984, where they produce Brunello di Montalcino (14 ha) & Rosso di Montalcino (6 ha). In 1993, San Felice started to develop the first 10 ha of vineyards (total 1,100 ha) at the “Perolla” property in Maremma (south-east of Massa Marittima). Now the vineyards cover 50 hectares.
A wine for all dishes, from Tuscan-style charcuterie to tomato-sauced baked pasta dishes and risottos, and, for the adventurous, with bouillabaisse and fish stews as well.