My pre-New-Year resolution is to learn more about Italian wines about which I know shockingly little.
At a “foire aux vins” in a local hypermarket, I picked up a bottle of this Tuscan wine, which I dutifully looked up on the Internet.
Looks pretty wild, doesn’t it? The same architect designed the new cellar for Château Faugerès in Saint-Emilion: http://www.google.fr/imgres?num=10&hl=fr&biw=1205&bih=548&tbm=isch&tbnid=1pis5xL57miH7M:&imgrefurl=http://www.mycellarclub.com/blog/actualites/la-competition-des-chais-ultra-modernes-sur-bordeaux-608&docid=vgI39unbQ7oilM&imgurl=http://www.mycellarclub.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/faugeres.jpg&w=300&h=225&ei=e7GkUNO4LIjL0QWzl4GQCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=111&vpy=271&dur=33&hovh=180&hovw=240&tx=141&ty=128&sig=100359657829619907465&page=1&tbnh=141&tbnw=185&start=0&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:10,s:0,i:99
To the ignorant consumer such as myself, the labelling sure doesn’t help a whole hell of a lot. It’s from Tuscany (that I’ve heard of…), but you wouldn’t know it since it doesn’t say so anywhere on the bottle!
Furthermore, wouldn’t it be useful if they let me know that the wine is made from Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet?
But on to what’s essential. What did it taste like? Well, I was pleasantly surprised. The color was tremendously deep purplish red. I was wondering if it might glow in the dark!
The nose featured deep black cherry fruit and was very attractive.
Nice fruit on the palate too and a very agreeable sort of bitterness on the finish that made this much appreciated at table (turkey risotto). On the whole, a very successful “commercial” type of wine that is ready to drink, and which made my Tuesday afternoon a little brighter.