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Two Affordable Wines from Italy

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

1976 Luigi Einaudi, Vino Da Tavola Dolcetto, Image from Poderi Luigi Einaudi

Maculan Estate is imported by Winebow and available for $15 at MacArthurs. The Poderi di Luigi Einaudi is imported by Neil Empson and available for $17 at MacArthurs.  The Maculan, Brentino is a decent wine at the price but there are more exciting wines out there.  I would recommend the Luigi Einaudi which is fresh with an interesting flavor and a sense of being complete and not over-reaching.

2008 Maculun Estate, Brentino, Veneto IGT
This wine is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vineyards on gravelly plains and tuffaceous hills.  It was aged for 12 months with 50% in stainless steel and 50% in barriques. This wine has a green pepper/Merlot note. The light red fruit is followed by tart acidity on the back of the tongue. It tastes like a cooler-climate wine but has a kind of ripe nature. It eventually opens up a bit but ultimately stays a decent, drinkable wine with not much complexity and not much to write about. * Now-2015.

2010 Poderi di Luigi Einaudi, Dolcetto di Dogliani
This wine is 100% Dolcetto that was source from three different vineyards surrounding Dogliani.  The vineyards were planted between 1937 and 2001 on generally marly-calcareous soils.  The wine was aged for 10 months in stainless steel. The wine began with a floral red nose. In the mouth the red fruits are supported by plenty of acidity, have a smooth texture, and a particular flavor, a sweet nut/herb combination, that is nice. The flavors comes out midpalate before fine tannins develop in the back-end.  Fresh and complete! *** Now-2015.