Monday, June 28, 2010

*** $ Opici Marsala, CA - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:   

By way of background: Opici Marsala is a California-based marsala from the ubiquitous Opici winemaking organization.  Grapes are a blend of the little-known catarratto, grillo and inzolia. The non-vintage marsala is finished at 18% alcohol.

In the glass: Opici Marsala shows as a light to medium brown in the glass. 

On the nose: Poured immediately from the bottle and swirled vigorously, this marsala shows sweet but stewed raisins on the nose.  The "stewed" element is a bit unusual. 

On the palate: The first elements on the palate are the expected sweet caramel, with an element of hazelnuts.  Notes of prunes and raisins are distinctly secondary.

In summary: Overall, pleasant and simple sweet sip.  Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a great value at its "practically free" price, as Opici offerings have tended to be.

Following a long decant, several days in a partial bottle under vacuum, the aromas and palate are quite consistent.  Not entirely surprising, given the oxidizing nature of the production process and the fact that marsala wines are fortified.  

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