Good, inexpensive wine last night. The wine was a 2007 Paolo Scavino Rosso Vino Da Tavola, a northern Italian blend from one of the top producers of Barolo.
The wine was 40% Nebbiolo, 30% Barbera, 20% Dolcetto and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The first thing that popped out was the unmistakable smell of the Nebbiolo, cherry fruit and a little tar mixed with some dry earth. That carried through to the taste, but this is where the Barbera kicked into the mix. There were definitely some tart cherries and the acid that comes from Barbera. There was a sweet spot in the middle, hello Dolcetto. The wine finished with Barbera acid and Nebbiolo tannin, though in a somewhat reduced state. Try as I might I really couldn't pick out the Cabernet in this wine.
There was a bone in, pounded out and breaded pork cutlet that was pan seared in a little olive oil and some stir fried asparagus to add to the mix. There was nothing spectacular about the food or the wine, just a good, simple dinner and an honest bottle of wine.
The wine is 13.5% alcohol and the cost was only $15 a bottle.
Celebrating Independence Day a day late this weekend so there will be a lot of wine this afternoon and evening. Expect to see the notes here in a day or so.