Cesanese is a grape variety used to make red wines in Italy's Lazio Region. Cesanese covers a lot of the hilly land to the south of Rome, on high hillsides that overlook the Sacco and Aniene river valleys below. The variety comes in two distinct types – the large-berried Cesanese Comune and the less widespread Cesanese di Affile. The two are united in both Cesanese del Piglio DOCG wines and Cesanese di Olevano Romano DOC wines, and Cesanese di Affile – considered the superior of the two – has its own Cesanese di Affile DOC title.
The Cesanese del Piglio DOC
and Cesanese del Piglio DOCG area covers the communes of Piglio, Serrone,
Acuto, Anagni and Paliano. The regulation includes two types of wine, Cesanese
del Piglio and Cesanese del Piglio Superiore, which must be made from at least
90% Cesanese grapes (both Cesanese di Affile and Cesanese Commune are
permitted) .The remaining 10% can consist of any of the other permitted red
grapes of Lazio but is usually Sangiovese. Cesanese Grapes
Wines made from the Cesanese
grape are medium bodied with soft tannins, typically will have rich, ripe
cherry flavors, floral characters and a touch of red pepper, earthy undertones
of black olives and underwood complimented by brisk acidity.