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Two Affordable Italian Wines


Vineyard at the Regaleali Estate, Image from Tasca d'Almerita

These two wines  are quite good, delivering tasty personality for the money.  The San Polo is drinking very well right now whereas the Tasca d’Almerita should be cellared a few years before drinking.  Jenn even asked if we could make the San Polo one of our house wines.  Recommended by Jenn and myself both of these wines are available at MacArthurs.

2009 Poggio San Polo, Rubio, Rosso di Montalcino- $12
A Leonardo Lacascio Selections imported by Winebow.  This wine is mostly Sangiovese with a few other varietals sourced from soils containing calcium and clay.  It is aged for 12 months in large French oak casks.  The nose contains dark red fruit, notes of coffee, and a hint of vanilla.  There is a good initial mouthfeel as saline flavors of ripe fruit mix with a dark fruity characteristic.  The dark fruit has a strong racy, stone component in the middle before turning tarter in the finish.  The acidity causes the sides of the tongue to salivate as ripe, fine-medium tannins make way to a textured aftertaste of fresh, puckering fruit.  This is a strong value that is drinking well right now but will last for the short-term.

2009 Tasca d’Almerita, Nero d’Avola, Lamuri, Sicily – $16
A Leonardo Lacascio Selections imported by Winebow.  This wine is 100% Nero d’Avola sourced from the Regaleali estate which is located towards the center of Sicily.  The vineyards are 10-15 year old vines, located on hills at 450-750 meters, with sandy soils.  The wine is aged for 12 months in 20% new and 80% 2nd and 3rd use French barriques.  There are black cherry flavors which are a bit tart, a powdery sweetness, and hints of sweet spice.  With air the tart fruit is consistent throughout with the long aftertaste sporting darker red fruit.  The wine leaves impressions of clean and focused fruit.  This is a bit young so I would cellar this for a few years before drinking.

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