This very fruity wine from Apulia is just well gorgeous. Apulia produces some very very good wines. Known for concentrated, high quality fruity wines. Appassimento, the term meaning “passed over”. The grapes are picked and then laid out on reed mats to dry, literally being passed over until they are over ripe. This gives them a “sweetness”, a soft velvety smoothness that is so so good.
This wine has all of the above qualities and more. The big bold bouquet opens up and brings the garden to life inside. Violets, roses and cherry blossoms abound. The taste of of tobacco, spice and cherry jam cascade through the senses, erupting in a war of flavor, oh, oh, oh. Juicy, jam.. What a fantastic pleasure!!!!
Look at that dark juiciness just begging you to partake. This is a must have. My mouth is watering just looking at it!!!
So I start this by trying to decide if I shouls talk about Montalcino or Brunello. So, in a compact I will try to give a little of both.
Montalcino is an area of Tuscany most famous for Brunello wine. Montalcino also gives us Rosso di Montalcino, and some “Super Tuscans”. Some sweet white wines are also produced there. Brunello is the most famous wine from the region made from Sangiovese. Brunello was the first to be awarded DOCG (Denominaziione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status. Basically a controlled designation of origin. Brunello is aged 5 years with Reserva 6, (what we are having tonight). This Brunello is from Renieri, (Bacci wines ) a highly respected winery which produces several brands from the estate.
When I opened the bottle I was struck immediately by the fragrance. So inviting, very foral but also very fruity.
The liquid is very dark and seems dense. When the juice hits your tongue -rapture- I can hear the angels singing.
Luscious, velvety smooth. Evidence of a master creator, for the wines and vineyards. Huge fruit tones; currant, plum, black cherry. These are accompanied by licorice, oak and cedar, smoky tobacco and hints of cocoa. Who couldn’t love this right? Just thinking about it now is causing my mouth to water. The finish is long and bountiful.
This wine is also meant to be shared with a big meal. I am thinking a big steak with some sort of heavy side like a hearty mac n cheese.
Dolcetto is a red wine grape from Northwest Italy. Known for making softer fruitier wines than say Nebbiolo or Barbera.
But, let that fool you. The wines made from Dolcetto also have strong intense tannins and usually higher levels of acidity.
Tonight’s pick is the Mauro Sebaste. A more medium bodied wine that packs a punch of flavor. Mauro Sebaste is known for producing high quality wines. Barolo, Barbera and this Dolcetto for a few.
The ink black color of the wine is reminiscent of the dark color of the grape skin. A mysterious dark color that tantalizes and teases.
The bouquet gives a strong nose of pepper, rose, violet and rich dark fruit; black cherry.
Putting the glass to your lips you get the aromas still pouring out. The wine hits your tongue-the soft and playful notes dried fruit, almost sweet save for the tannins. The intensity of the flavors are overpowering. Wow. Lots of fruit. You get it, that plum, cherry, all the dark forces rolled into one. The medium finish does not give it justice.
Tonight’s bottle was a 2014. I cannot imagine what this will be like with a few more years under the belt.