Sunday, November 16, 2014
The wine was a 2012 Benanti Rosso di Verzella Etna Rosso fresh from the slopes of Mt Etna in Sicily. It is a blend of two new grapes to add to the list of wine grapes I have tasted - Nerello Mascalese (80%) and Nerello Cuppiccio (20%).
There was spaghetti with meat sauce and pepperoni and it was time for a simple, Italian red wine to wash it down. In that context this wine was almost perfect. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of tart cherries jumped out of the glass when the wine was poured into it and sipped. Those aromas and tastes just kept on giving with more swirling.
The wine was light in color like Nebbiolo, tart with cherries like a Chianti and had a mouth feel like a not too serious Valpolicella. On the finish its tannins gripped the sides of the mouth like a Langhe Nebbiolo, but added a bit of the earthiness of a Chianti. Definitely an Italian red wine and definitely delicious and happy.
One bottle will be put away for a time as an experiment, but this wine is so delicious to drink now that the other two will not last long. It's also affordable.
2012 Benanti Rosso di Verzella Etna Rosso. 14% alcohol and $15.