March 26, 2015 § Leave a comment
It takes a little while for the true beauty of this wine to show itself. It’s kind of like a self-conscious super model. All the senses tell you that she has everything it takes to be great, however her true beauty only comes out when you get to know her.
Tasting Notes: This wine starts as a classic Montepulciano experience. The colour is deep dark crimson and the nose is shy. This wine needs time to blossom. I found this wine to finally show itself after 2 days being open. When I first pulled the cork, the nose showed a little fruit and a little dried herb, but after two days it showed ripe plum and berry, dark cherry, dried savoury herbs, hints of leather and anise.
The palate is dense and structured, but shows wonderful complexity and depth. The finish is long showing both muscular and sweet tannins. In other words it was both puckering and mouth-watering.
Value: The real value for this wine is when you can let it breathe for a couple of days. This is not a great buy for those who want a wine to consume within a couple of hours of purchase. However if you are patient this is a great buy for this weekend BBQ or to stow away for a number of years.
Added Value: As I said above, this wine has added value when intended for a BBQ featuring steaks, and or slow roasted pork. This also has added value for the Foodie in the crowd, especially when you pull it out of your cellar after Canada wins the Gold Medal for Hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Food Pairings: This is a great match for a hearty pasta, a thick seasoned steak, meat lovers pizza and, slow roasted pork.
Service: Open this up and let it breathe for as long as you can but at least 60- 2 days minutes or run it through your Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
a number of times.
Store Section: Italy
Appellation: d’Abruzzo – d’Abruzzo lies directly to the East of Tuscany and, like Umbria, is often overlooked when it comes to premium Italian wines. It is home to as much Sangiovese (Rosso Piceno) as it is Montepulciano. For centuries the wines of the d’Abruzzo were rustic and made for the ‘less than discerning’ Italian wine market. In recent years producers like Talamonti and Mascarelli have applied viticultural techniques known to increase the quality of the grapes to their vineyards, and have produced some of Italy’s most sought after premium wine. The great news is that a premium wine from d’Abruzzo, even a super premium wine, doesn’t fetch anywhere near the same price as its cousins from Tuscany or Piedmonte.
Grapes: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Available: BC Liquor Stores
January 5, 2015 § 1 Comment
Score: 7.2 – Good Drop
About the Wine: Prosecco is such a great glass and this one is a pretty good value for the money. The tough part about reviewing Prosecco is that the differences between them are subtle. The Terre Prosecco is a really enjoyable wine. The nose shows fresh pear and lemon zest, while the palate is light fresh and delicious. The finish fresh and light.
Value: In relation to other Proseccos on the market this is pretty good value. I would spend the extra dollar to trade up from Pergolo, but I’m not sure that I would save myself a dollar and trade down from La Marca or Emotivo.
Added Value: This wine is a total Crowd Pleaser, is perfect for Girls Night Out and seems designed the grace many a wedding table.
Service: Chill to about 8ºC and enjoy. Don’t worry about the glassware, in fact serve it in water glasses if you want to be truly authentic. Serve with fresh fruit, salads and light appetizers. Add a little Aperol or Campari and you have yourself a truly great cocktail called an Aperol Spritz (ubiquitous in Italy).
Store Section: Italy
Appellation: Treviso DOC
Available: BC Liquor Stores, Beverly Corners