Variety: 40% Merlot; 30% Corvina; 30% Croatina
Region: Veneto, Italy
Cost: $16 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Deep ruby-red in color. The nose has intense aromas of red berries with hints of spices. The palate is balanced with velvety tannins, and it has a soft and round finish. Great with red meats and game or with aged cheese.
My Review: I’ll get it out of the way quickly before moving onto what I thought of the wine, but I really do like these labels. They’re stylish and artsy and if I was in the habit of displaying bottles I’d consumed, this would certainly make the list for the label alone.
Alright, on to the wine.
In the glass the 2017 Rosso was a dark red, almost garnet. It was not, however, opaque, with light flowing through it fairly easily. On the nose I picked up aromas of spice, cedar, and dark fruit. I really liked the nose on this wine; it was warm and welcoming.
On the palate the flavors of spice and cedar continued, with raspberry notes balancing out the the spice that dominated the front palate.
My wife and I paired the wine with some homemade pizza; fig & pig, using fig preserves, prosciutto, and Gorgonzola cheese, and Margherita pizza. The wine did a good job of balancing the acid of the tomato sauce in the Margherita pizza and the sweetness of the fig and pig pizza.
All that being said, while I liked the wine as a Tuesday evening sipper, I don’t know that I’d pay much more than $16 for it. At that price I think you’re getting your value (and if you find it for less you’re getting more value), but anything more would feel like a bit of a stretch. It’s enjoyable enough, but not something that I was thinking about much after the last drop was gone.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.