In 1965 Umberto and his wife Giuliana started the winery with purchase of 20 hectares (about 50 acres) of farm land among the rolling hills of Emilia Romagna near Castel San Pietro Terme. Now the winery has about 170 hectares (420 acres) of vineyards at altitudes ranging from 800 to 1300 feet in elevation, with ideal micro climates characterized by lots of sunshine, fairly wide diurnal temperature swings, and gentle breezes. The winery produces both white and red wines of excellent quality, and Sangiovese is the principal red wine. Although Sangiovese is most often associated with Tuscany (Chianti, Brunello, and "Super Tuscans"), this varietal is widely planted in Emilia Romagna. The Liano property is located about 20 miles southeast of the city of Bologna. When Biba and I are visiting Bologna we always enjoy Umberto Cesari wines, and the Liano is one of our favorites.
Don’t let the label nomenclature baffle you. "Liano" is the vineyard or property, and "Rubicone IGT" is the official appellation. However, we, as well as most everyone else, simply call the wine Liano, and no one is confused. A Sangiovese (70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) blend, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel, then aged in large oak barrels for about six months, followed by 12 months in French Allier oak barrels. A dark, medium bodied, dry red wine with aromas of plums and a hint of strawberry and chocolate, great mouthfeel, soft tannins, and a lingering finish, the wine begs for food. Biba and I recently enjoyed a bottle with Porchetta, and it was perfect.
For the entire month of November 2015 we are offering the 2011 Liano at the reduced price of $40 per 750 ml bottle or $10 per glass. It isn’t often one finds wines from Emilia Romagna….don’t miss this opportunity.