Ciliegiolo (chee-lee-eh-JOE-low)

Once only used sparingly in low-cost Italian red blends, its popularity has increased dramatically in the past 10 years, and this grape, with its fresh, cherry-like flavors (ciliegiolo means “cherry” in Italian), is now a component of many DOC wines especially in Tuscany. Ciliegiolo and calabrese di montenuovo are thought to be the parents of sangiovese.


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