Matteo Correggia, Anthos: Testimony to Greatness.

Anthos, a serious, elegant, dry red wine, is made with 100% Brachetto.  Seriously.  A grape usually reserved for fruity, sweet, slightly sparkling wines.  However, in the hands of masterful grape growers and winemakers, Brachetto becomes something much more.

I love this wine.  I love its sensuous soft tannins, and is beguiling dried flower aromatics.  I love the simple strawberry-tartness that mingles with something headier, something more like tree bark or a damp forest floor. This is a wine to feed your wildest fantasies- a perfect pairing with aged cheeses, braised veal shanks, or a sunset.

Definitely drink this wine with somebody you love.

Unfortunately this gorgeous wine is the product of a winery with a tragic history.   In 2001 the winery’s namesake, Matteo Correggia, was killed unexpectedly in an accident in the vineyard. Prior to his death, Matteo Correggia had been committed to establishing a world-class vineyard in the sandy soils of the Roero.  It was his goal to prove this land he loved could produce fruit as great as the well-lauded fruit of the Langhe.  As fate would have it, by the time the world was ready to recognize the power, grace and beauty of these wines, their champion was abruptly taken from this world.

Matteo Correggia – Photographed by Matthew Molchen

A tragic story, but with a bittersweet ending.  Matteo Correggia’s are truly some of Italy’s Great Wines- even those produced with the most humble of grapes.

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“If suddenly you do not exist,
If suddenly you are not living,
I shall go on living.

I do not dare,
I do not dare to write it,
if you die.

I shall go on living.” 
 Pablo Neruda