Day 19. Wine 7.
I am drinking a beer tonight. Lest you label me a traitor, hear me out: the bottle I opened last night was not worthy of a second night’s imbibing, much less a third. My heart was broken and I am dismissive in my revenge. I’ll not suffer in the name of this series!
Things started off well enough. In the glass, this wine was a beautiful ruby colour, very dense and pretty, fading to a clear rim.
On the nose, things got interesting. I am happy about the fact that I can often identify a wine as Italian with a single blind sniff… it’s that sumptuous telltale coffee/toffee/black fruit promise that makes me want to dive into the glass. And all that was true in this case, along with some very pretty floral violet notes. Could this become my new go-to red on a budget?
Alas, on the palate, the promise was cruelly broken. Thin and overly acidic, with cocoa notes featuring as prominently as under-ripe blackberry fruit. Montepulciano can be so delicious when treated with care – not hearty, but with softer tannins and good acidity that can make for smooth, lighter wines that go great with food. It is often blended with Sangiovese, believed to be a “cousin” grape. I’ve had yummy Montepulcianos in the past. This was not one of them.
Overall, the wine was thin and sour – and shockingly disappointing after all the good things I smelled in the glass. Damn.
Region: Italy (Abruzzo)
Price: $8.99 at Everything Wine
My rating (ratings are being done based on quality versus price, on scale of 0 to 5 stars): ★ ½ No one is going to die from drinking this wine, so I reluctantly allow that people may buy it and think it OK if it is their third or fourth bottle opened during an evening of opening many bottles with friends. They probably won’t assess the bouquet in detail before downing it, and thus it’s entirely possible they won’t be as disappointed as I have been.
The Music Match
This wine reminds me that as fun as it is to being going through this series with you… more expensive wine is generally better. And I miss it. Sigh.
I want… Money! That’s What I Want! Bizarroversion from 1980… from back in the days when everything was changing and anything seemed possible.