Friday, March 30, 2007

Tastings at Vinitaly

Greetings from Vinitaly. I spent much of the first day tasting Lagrein, and unusual and somewhat disconcerting (at first approach) red wine made around Bolzano in the Sudtirol. More about it anon, and in the meantime a wine from Medici Ermete I was much impressed by:

Le Tenute Bocciolo Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC 2006

Impenetrable pigeon blood ruby with violet rim and perlage, which quickly settles down. The bouquet is deft, with elegant plum cherry fruit that is supported by sweet spice, raspberry acidity, and some greenish notes. Inviting. On the palate it's rich, and full, with powerful raspberry plum fruit supported by a mixture of pleasing sweetness and dusky tannins that flow into a long clean brambly finish. Welcoming; it's an ideal picnic, cookout, or poolside wine that will go very fast. One of the finest sweet Lambruschi I've had.
2 stars.

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