Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: *** $ Trentare Rosso, Salento, Italy, 2010 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Trentare wines.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Rosso's are, in effect, the Bordeaux blends or meritages of Italy.  Often great values from lesser know regions of the country.

Original tasting and review : This is Trentare Rosso, Salento, Italy, 2010, finished at 14% alcohol, and made of one-third each of Cabernet Sauvignon, merlot and montepulciano.

In the glass:  deep dark magenta.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows Deep, full, rustic  cedar, oak and blood red fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, robust, lusciously layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact savory, full, flush with fruit and deep.  Perhaps a bit simpler than anticipated, but the nose was so powerful, it was hard to live up to.  Think rich blackberry on the palate - not oxidized at all at this young age, but veering towards a certain thickness.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at its practically free price point.

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