Dense and thick on the palate, with chewy, sun-baked, dried and ripe red and black fruits, leather on the supple palate. This is 90/10 Cannonau/Carignano from vineyards in Basso Sulcis (lower Sulcis). This sees six months in barrique (second use) and six months in bottle. Mediterranean scrub, sweet spice, coffee, and dark chocolate lingering on the very hot, alcoholic finish (nearly 16%!). Needs decanting.
Clear medium-deep yellow. A quite intense “like it or hate it” nose (I liked it) of lime and floor wax. Very fruity on the palate, with lime, pineapple, apricot and rhubarb, a slight sweetness but also tart, leading into a long finish. Will last a few more years.
In my never-ending quest for drinkable wines under $10, I came across a red wine from Abruzzo that I have no hesitation in recommending. Deep ruby in colour, it has a nose and flavour of cherries and mocha. Most appealing, apart from the price, are its soft, ripe tannins.
Deep purple-ruby in colour with a cedary, spicy, plum nose backed by an oaky note. Full-bodied, porty, sweet plum flavour with balancing acidity and well-integrated oak.
Aromas of red berries and pepper with earthy notes yield to a plush, layered and complex palate structured by silky tannins. Emphasized by soft meaty and spice notes wrapped in mulberry and black pepper before a lengthy and mouth-filling, spicy close.
A 50-50 blend of tank and barrel fermentation. The former contributes fresh citrus and tropical fruitiness. The latter adds spicy complexity with caramel notes throughout. Elegant, juicy and subtly buttery, so quite versatile. Poised for all manner of seafood, chicken or cheese.
Clear pale straw colour. Medium-intensity nose of lime and peach. An austere, high-acidity, almost Old World-style Chardonnay, reminiscent of Chablis. Medium-bodied, tasting like what I imagine a somewhat greenish peach would taste like. Long finish. Drink up.