Finally I get around to sampling this Italian red that I have had on my wine rack for, what seems like, several weeks. This wine was created by the Tuscan wine producers Piccini to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification and their stated aim is
to create a wine that would not only taste Italian, but feel Italian….an Italian cuvee wine born from 4 corners of Italy
The four corners are represented by the following four grape varieties: Pcrimitivo from Puglia (some of which have gone through the process of passito); Montepulciano from Abruzzo, normally aged in oak for a time; the Sicilian grape Nero d’Avola and some Merlot from northern Italy. As each variety is from a different region this wine does not qualify to be graded a DOCG or DOC (more on Italian classifications here), hence Piccini have simply labelled it a Vin d’Italia.
At 14% ABV I feared that this wine would be a bit too punchy, akin to some Australian reds with a similar high alcohol content, and on pouring it had the same viscousity and a deeply dark ruby colour. There was a strong dark fruit cherry aroma with a touch of oak. Happily this the taste disproved this initial impression, the tannins did not overwhelm as I had feared and the mouthfeel was velvety and smooth. Delighful berry fruit flavours with a hint of spice on the palate and a pleasantly lingering finish make this a very easy to drink wine. It would pair well with most Italian and Mediterranean dishes, also given the spicy hint it could also prove a good match with spicy Mexican or even Oriental dishes.
Available for €8.99 in Tescos this red gets a well deserved 8 out of 10 corks. Enjoy….