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A Wine From India


I actually tasted this wine several weeks ago at the Best of Virginia tasting.  This was a little treat brought in by Sarah Hexter which several of us tried at the end of the tasting.  Mind you she had already submitted a wine from Malta to be served blind.  For her to present another unusual bottle was quite cool.  I should like to know what other exotic wines she has lurking about.

Vineyard, Image from Fratelli Wines

Vineyard, Image from Fratelli Wines

Fratelli Wines is the result of the Secci brothers to produce wine in India which follows Italian traditions.  As such, they not only imported tanks and a bottling plant from Italy but also employ winemaker Piero Masi from Tuscany.  Interestingly enough the vines were imported by France.  They planted some 350,000 vines representing a dozen varietals over 240 acres of virgin land.  The fruit for this wine is sourced from the vineyards Garwar and Motewadi at 550 meters on rocky, alkaline soils.  This bottle was particularly odd and resembled nothing like Cabernet Sauvignon nor Sangiovese nor the tasting note published on the website.

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2011 Fratelli Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maharashtra
This wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Sangiovese which was fermented then aged for six months in tank.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Strange enough this both smelled and tasted exactly like, pure and mildly hot red peppers.???

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