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A diverse pair of Italian red wines


I finally took a closer look at the bottles of wine from La Stoppa that were sitting on the shelf.  It is only then that I noticed the new vintage of 2013 La Stoppa, Trebbiolo Rosso.  Incredibly, it was nearly two years since Lou and I drank the 2010 vintage.  This latest vintage is just as good with dark red fruit, red grapefruit, and a little funk.  It is a wine you can savor or quaff!  The 2009 Antichi Vigneti Di Cantalupo, Agamium, Colline Novaresi is in a similar vein to their 1981 Ghemme that I recently drank.  It is a gentle, dry wine that is perfectly balanced.  Just think of a slightly juicy mix of tar, leaves, and black fruit.  What I like about both of these wines is that they have distinct personalities and are priced under $20 each.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2013 La Stoppa, Trebbiolo Rosso – $19
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.  This wine is a blend of 60% Barbera and 40% Bonarda.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose revealed vigorous aromas of dark red fruit with high-toned and earthy bits.  The wine was lively in the mouth with dark cherry and a hint of red grapefruit flavors.  It only takes one hour for this to drink well.  The good clean fruit takes on a bit of that 1960’s Californian animale flavor.  The juicy acidity makes you want to quaff the wine.  However, you can savor the bottle of two nights without any yeasty, Pilsner outbreak.  *** Now – 2017.

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2009 Antichi Vigneti Di Cantalupo, Agamium, Colline Novaresi – $17
Imported by Tenth Harvest.  Alcohol 13%.  There is an attractive nose of tar and leafy aromas.  In the mouth the wine remains focused with citric, dry, black flavors and a mineral finish.  Everything about the wine is integrated, the flavors, the slightly juiciness, and the finish which leaves gentle, fine, ripe tannins.  *** Now – 2019.

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